I hate the gym; 8 great alternatives to keep fit.

Updated: Mar 13, 2019

Let's admit it. Not everyone is keen on going to the gym and lift weights in front of a mirror or run to nowhere on a treadmill. Some people find it boring or don't find a motivation. Here some great alternatives to work out like a pro. And have lots of fun!

Roller skating

Put your skates on and roll! This a great cardio exercise and you will improve your balance. Joining a group or going with some friends can be good fun and you will be sweating in no time. Many groups offer beginner classes or short introductory courses.


Tango, Ballet, Salsa, Jazz… the sky is the limit. Look for a dance school nearby and join a weekly class. You will work on cardio, flexibility, coordination and balance.

It’s a great activity to do on your own by joining Ballet, Zumba or Jazz. Or with a partner, join styles such as Salsa, Bachata or Tango. In many schools you don’t even need to bring a partner since many students go on their own and your teacher will find a partner for you. Have fun!

Football & Rugby

Two sports many people love and you have likely played as a child. Why not play again as an adult? Join a group to play after work or over the weekend. Meet your pals for a match and run to chase the ball.


Who said Yoga is just lye on a mat and stretch? A good Yoga class is a challenging overall workout targeting flexibility, strength and balance. Many styles are available to suit your needs. Talk to your teacher about your goals and injuries. Namaste.

Pole dancing

If you feel like challenging yourself, give a go to pole dancing. This exercise will push you to the limit to improve your strength and it’s a great core work. If you find the gym boring but want to work out like a pro having lots of fun, this is your thing. Don’t be shy and join an intro course!

Martial arts & Boxing

As with dancing, the options for martial arts are endless; Taekwondo, Krav Maga, Judo, Kick boxing...

Don’t be intimidated. Martial arts groups are generally very friendly and welcoming and always keen on having new people to join them. It’s not just about kicking and punching, but about team spirit. Speak to an instructor before your first class to get some guidance.


A classic and one of our top picks. Swimming is a great sport to develop strength and work on your cardio. It’s great for people recovering from injuries or back pain. If you don’t fancy joining a group or a class, swimming may be a good option for you. You can go anytime you want and in many pools you can treat yourself relaxing afterwards in a steam room.

Hill walking

You will be enjoying nature and breathing fresh air. It's up to you if you want to walk on your own, with friends or join a walking group. And it’s free!

Hillwalking will strengthen your body, challenge your endurance and there are plenty of options, from going for a gentle walk on a flat path to climb a munro. Remember to take waterproofs with you all year round!

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