Fitness For Those Who HATE Working Out

We don’t all enjoy breaking a sweat like I do I know but being active is part of a healthy lifestyle. There are plenty of alternatives to gyms that you can try and fitness for those who hate working out if you’re not a fitness fanatic. They are just as effective and healthy.

With health problems such as obesity and diabetes; it’s become increasingly important for us to lead healthy lifestyles. Our busy work schedules have also made it increasingly difficult to balance fitness activities and work but somehow we need to find a way to find a balance.

Being physically active is just as important as eating healthy and following a well-balanced diet.

Fitness For Those Who HATE Working Out

Below are some fitness activities for those of you who hate working out:

Hula Hoop

Hula hoops were so popular when I was a kid and almost every girl had one.

Little did I know back then that it was actually a great form of exercise.

According to an article from, “hula hooping” may actually help you to burn calories, tone your muscles for a slim waist as well as shed fat.

You can place a hula hoop on your arms, neck and waist.

hula hoop for exercise


Walking is a great low-impact form of exercise that’s great for your heart and gentle on the knees. Aim for 10 000 steps a day to stay in good health.

Walking doesn’t have to be long-distance for you to reap the benefits. Feeling stressed out? Go outside and take a young walk.

We are so spoilt these days that we take our cars just to go visit the neighbours that live a walking distance away. Stop that shit!

To make your walks more entertaining (if you find walking a bore), play Pokemon go while you’re at it (just stay aware of your surroundings and keep safe).

a girl and a woman walking on green grass holding hands
Photo by Barbara Olsen on

I prefer to walk by myself because it gives me time to think and reflect without much distraction.

Riding Your Bike Around The Neighbourhood

You can even turn it into a group activity if you don’t wanna do it alone. Start or join your local cycling club.

Clubs are also a great way to meet new, like-minded people, connect and make friends.

Alternatively, you could get yourself a stationary bike and listen to music or watch your favourite series indoors while you cycle.

A few benefits of cycling:

  • improved joint mobility (great for people like me with knee issues)
  • decreases body fat
  • and according to it improves mental wellbeing, strengthens your immune system, promotes weight loss and betters your lung health (among other things).
Photo by Erik Witsoe on Unsplash


My netball coach back in high school suggested 200 skips a day are enough to keep you in shape and I have been skipping for exercise on and off since then.

What’s great about skipping for exercise is that skipping ropes are affordable if you wanna buy one but for people who don’t have money to spare, almost any rope will do.

woman using a jump rope

Be sure to pick rope that’s not too tough as it will hurt when you occassionally hit your legs.

Personally, I skip before doing my actual workouts for the day and make it a regular part of my fitness routine.

This is also a great groups activity so you can grab your kids and get the family involved. You can bond and have fun with the family and get in better shape at the same time!

You can also read: “What are the health benefits of using a jump rope as a form of exercise”.


Swim a few laps in the pool.

If you don’t have one you can join the gym and do swimming there or visit the local pool.

Leisurely swimming burns about 430 to 575 calories per hour (on average).

Awesome way to cool off in the summer!

Get Yourself A Wii Fit gaming console

A fun gaming console fit for the whole family!

Why not get fit and burn a few calories while playing video games?

I have a Wii sports pack (not a Wii Fit) that includes games like tennis and golf to keep you having fun while moving around. The game involves performing the actions a player would when swinging bats and there are also sports such as boxing including where you must do the punching actions.

Believe me, after playing for a while, you’ll feel those muscles burning!

What better excuse to get off your ass?

Play sports

I’m sure there’s at least one sport you’re interested in playing, there are so many to choose one.
Sports keeps you active and as long as you’re moving, you’re doing some form of exercise. You don’t have to do it alone if you don’t want to, you can even try team sports.
Great sport that gets your heart pumping and helps torch calories are sports such as:

  • hockey
  • biking
  • netball
  • tennis
  • soccer
  • golf
  • boxing

Those are merely a few options, there are so many to choose from.
If you aren’t a sporty person, I suggest you at least give them a try, you never know what you might end up enjoying given the chance.


Another great low-impact form of exercise that’s great for the mind and body.
Yoga benefits include:

  • stress management
  • pain relief
  • better sleep
  • eases arthritis
  • increased flexibility
  • builds muscle strength

I always preferred more intense workouts. I used to think that Yoga was just stretching and that it was boring until I actually gave it a try.

Happy to say that my initial thoughts about yoga were dead wrong.

It is deeply relaxing and now one of my favourite forms of exercise.

woman girl animal dog
Photo by cottonbro on

Go climbing

Rock climbing, mountain climbing… whatever floats your boat.

Now, I’ve never been climbing but it sure looks like fun. Definitely a bucket list item.

Keep it indoors if you’re too afraid to try actual rock climbing.

Photo by Fionn Claydon on Unsplash

Take dance classes or do Zumba

Find local dance classes in your area that you can attend after work or whatever.

There are plenty of dancing styles you can choose from, from hip hop to tap and plenty in between.

Zumba is a “fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves”. It incorporates interval training and helps you to improve your cardiovascular fitness. Some gyms offer Zumba dance classes or you can do them on YouTube at home.

You don’t even have to be a great dancer, just go and gave some fun.

Read: “Dance Boosts Your Fitness Journey:The Health Benefits of Dancing”.

Dancing for fitness

Exercise comes with many added benefits besides weight management. It’s a great stress reliever (well keeping fit is a stress reliever), you enjoy better quality sleep and it increases energy levels.

Just try doing any of these activities for 1 month then you’ll see the difference.

I’m sure there are more activities you can think of that you can add to my list. The point is that not liking the gym is not an excuse not to look after your body.

Find something that will get you off your butt and get that heart pumping so you can break a sweat. You need to stay in shape!

If you don’t want to do it alone; get your family, friends and kids involved and turn fitness into a bonding activity for everyone.

In conclusion, keeping fit and healthy doesn’t have to be a bore nor does it need to feel like a chore. You can make it fun and try to incorporate it into your daily life.

I know starting a new fitness routine can suck, mostly due to the adjustment period if your body is used to doing the bare minimum (i.e lazing on the couch) but just stick to it and try to make it fun for yourself.

Trust me it will be worth it when you see the results. Not only will you look better but you will also feel better too.

What do you think about fitness for those who hate working out? Will you be trying any of the activities in this post?

Let me know in the comments.

A true-crime-obsessed, quirky lifestyle blogger from the coastal city of East London, South Africa whose interests include reading, writing and fitness. Find me on Twitter @WeirdnLiberated.
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  14. Once the covid risk has reduced more, I’m hoping to get back to dancing. It’s not like exercise at all because it’s so much fun, and partner dancing that I do is sociable too. We’ve just sorted out my bike too – we had a short ride out with my son the other day, and hopefully will do a bit more (assuming my backside bones can take the pain!) when the weather improves again.

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