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Top 5 Exercises That Won’t Feel Like You’re Exercising

Exercising that won't feel like exercising

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There are some of us who enjoy exercising and there are others of us who, well, just don’t.

For some, it’s easy to wake up at the crack of dawn and go for a run or head to the gym. While for others, it is an epic challenge.

The thought of running may be nauseating. The idea of going to the gym may be way too much to process any time of day, let alone first thing in the morning.

If you’re part of the latter group, then that poses some challenges.

Exercise is absolutely integral to maintaining health. Whether you like it or not, moving your body is a must in order to keep yourself in shape, both mentally and physically.

So, we are here to help you come up with some ways to exercise that are manageable, which makes you feel like you’re not even exercising at all.

Fake it until you make it, right?

Here are our top 5 simple exercises that are easy to add to your daily routine

1. Dance like nobody’s watching

Dance: Exercising that won't feel like exercising

Dance like nobody is watching. But really. Even if you aren’t good at dancing, it doesn’t matter. This is a great way to practice and get some skills on the dance floor (or just your living room floor). In addition, dance is a great way to burn some calories and have fun while you’re doing it.

So put on your favorite music, grab a partner (or go at it alone), put your dancing shoes on, and get

2. Go for a swim

Swim: Exercising that won't feel like exercising

Does the thought of a crowded gym stress you out? Do you hate envisioning people staring at you in the mirror?

You don’t have to worry about either of those things when you are in a swimming pool. Thus, swimming being one of our favorite ways to exercise that won’t make it feel like you’re exercising.

No worries about sweaty faces and bodies — you’re in the water!

Also, people won’t really be staring at you because, well, you’re in the water and they can’t really see.

An added bonus is that water is great for people who have joint issues, so get ready to swim away.

3. Walk your dog

Dog: Exercising that won't feel like exercising

On those days that you can’t even be bothered to go for a walk, having a dog will force you to do that.

Regardless of your age, a dog is a great idea to not only keep you company and give you a friend, but also to force you to get up and get moving.

So what are you waiting for? Go adopt one today or borrow a friend’s or neighbor’s dog — it’s for exercise.

4. Clean your space

Clean: Exercising that won't feel like exercising

Cleaning the house isn’t exactly fun. First of all, you will end up with a clean house, and who doesn’t love that?

Secondly, you will get some exercise in the meantime. You can really maximize your cleaning by assigning a different task to each day. Monday means one cleaning task, Tuesday another, and so on.

5. Get creative

Tennis: Exercising that won't feel like exercising

So maybe the gym and running aren’t for you. But guess what? There are plenty of other sports that will give you a great workout.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Tennis
  • Ice skating
  • Rock climbing

Find a way to make the idea of working out not such a drag, but rather someone you look forward to doing.

As you can see, it is easy to find fun ways to workout that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to do it again.

Don’t force yourself to do exercises you hate, because you’ll end up finding any possible way to get out of them. (We’ve been there, so we get it.) It’s also a good idea to get a rotation of different exercises that you do — switch things up a bit to keep it interesting so you don’t end up feeling like you’re getting into a boring workout routine.

If you feel like you’re struggling from vein issues, schedule an appointment with a vein specialist before getting into your workouts. You want to ensure that the exercise you’re doing isn’t going to further damage your veins and that you’ll get the greatest benefit from your workout.

Wondering how to develop a good health routine?

Medically Reviewed by

Dr. Satish Vayuvegula
Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is the National Medical Director at Vein Clinics of America. Certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is recognized as a physician who has met rigorous standards of knowledge and extensive training in phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease and related disorders. Dr. Satish also shares his passion and expertise by serving as a board member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, the predominant national organization for venous and lymphatic disease.

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