23 pulse-raising activities

Are there alternatives to the gym, sports and walking?

Are there fun alternatives to the gym, sports and brisk walks? Of course! We’ve compiled a long list of activities to boost your muscle groups and improve your fitness.

To feel good and prevent the breakdown of our muscle mass, we need to raise our heart rate and activate all our muscle groups a few times a week.

What you train should be fun

But what if you don’t like going to the gym? Or get bored with walking? Thankfully, there are many forms of exercise available and we know there is something for everyone – including you! Exercise should be fun, and a combination of different activities is best for your body.

What will you try tomorrow?

Here is a list of some forms of exercise. Maybe you will find something new that suits you?

  • Gardening that raises your heart rate
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  • Yoga
  • Qigong
  • Running
  • trampoline
  • Training with free weights at home
  • Interval training such as tabata or HIIT
  • Kangoroo jump
  • Walk
  • Skiing
  • Padel
  • Squash
  • Martial arts
  • Vibration training
  • Rubber band training
  • Crossfit
  • Swimming
  • Water gymnastics
  • Ice skating
  • Inlines
  • Kickbike
  • Ball sports

(We would have liked to include billiards, poker and bridge in the list as well. Sure, they can affect your heart rate, but not quite as much as more obvious physical movement. )

How do I find what suits me?

Try something new – or something you thought was fun earlier in life! Happiness is associated with good health and longevity, so it pays to invest in fun activities. If you can find one or two activities that you can do on a daily basis, you will have improved your chances considerably!

Small, new habits more important than big changes

It is not the huge changes but the small activities that you continue to do on a daily basis that will affect your health in the long run. So please think in terms of what you enjoy doing. What makes you happy? Which form of exercise is comfortable? What can you continue to do? Focus on that or those forms of exercise.

When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.

Tich Nhat Hanh
Zen Buddhist monk

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