With summer and bikini season in full swing, joining a health club with your bestie might be the first idea that comes to mind. Don't get us wrong — hitting the gym is a fantastic way of getting fit, but executing the same ol’ exercise routine can become redundant and a little boring.
We've come up with some alternative ways to ramp up your fitness levels without having to hit the usual treadmill. So grab your bestie and get ready to sweat.
Take a hike
Get some fresh air, take in nature's scenery and work those leg muscles. There's something about accomplishing a long hike that makes it so much more enjoyable than spending time at the gym. Like the idea of hiking, but don’t know where to start? Try downloading the AllTrails app which allows you to search over 50,000 trails with reviews and photos submitted by actual hikers — then get started on your adventures!
Practice yoga outdoors
Literally Google “outdoor yoga *insert city here*” and you’re bound to find free outdoor yoga classes in your own city. There’s nothing quite like taking your downward dogs and tree poses from the studio to your favorite beach or park. Try taking your bestie to sunrise or sunset yoga sessions for an Instagram-worthy experience. For more yoga inspiration, follow Rachel Brathen at @yoga_girl and thank us later.
Sign up for an out-of-the-ordinary class
Put yourself and your bestie to the ultimate challenge and try something completely new. Want to overcome your small fear of heights? Try beginner courses in flying trapeze or other aerial arts, like aerial silk or rope classes. Want to bring out the kid in you — and still put in a workout? Try EDM trampoline fitness classes like JumpLife’s JumpDance in NYC, an intense cardio workout set to club lights and music. The possibilities are endless if you put in the research.
Join a rock climbing gym
Rock climbing gyms are all the rage right now and it’s understandable. Not only is it a great way to work out physically and mentally, as it takes a bit of problem-solving to master a route, but it’s also a fantastic way to meet new people. Try places like Brooklyn Boulders or The Cliffs in DUMBO if you’re in the New York City area. Hangar 18 also has a few locations in Southern California for first-timers and veteran climbers.
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