Year after year, people around the world commit themselves to exercising and getting in shape starting January 1. But New Year’s resolutions have a way of fizzling out after a month or two as people lose motivation and settle back into old habits and unhealthy routines. But what if working out felt less like a burden and more like something fun to look forward to?
Here are some creative workout ideas for the new year that might inspire you to recommit yourself to moving your body in exciting ways.
Sign Up for Dance Classes
If you’ve already tried fitness and yoga classes at the gym, consider signing up for a class at a local dance studio to learn new skills and move differently than you usually do. Search for dance studios that offer swing, tango, hip hop, ballroom, ballet, country, or another type of dance you are interested in. Let your taste in music be your guide as you choose a class so that you’ll be more into the dance moves on your own or with a partner or friend who joins you.
Volunteer in the Outdoors
If you’ve already done plenty of hikes, bike rides, and other types of outdoor activities, look into outdoor and environmentally beneficial volunteering opportunities in your area. Trail-building offers a great workout when you are cutting away debris and carving paths for others to enjoy. You can also join clean-up efforts at local parks and along roadways, volunteer for a wilderness rescue organization to save stranded adventurers, or offer to help a neighborhood with landscaping work.
Play in the Snow
Winter is when many people retreat indoors, where it’s warm, cozy, and sedentary. But this year, leave your comfort zone and embrace the season with some playtime in the snow. Take the dogs or kids out to play, or try a new snow sport, such as ski biking, ice climbing, or curling. These activities will keep you moving through the winter and help fight seasonal depression that tends to creep up with a lack of sunshine and fresh air.
Join a Team Sport
Many people need help staying committed to their workouts when they don’t have accountability partners. But instead of just picking a workout buddy, pick an entire team of people who depend on you to show up and exercise. Many cities and towns offer adult recreation leagues through local park districts or private sports groups. Think about what sports you loved as a kid and revisit those to satisfy your cravings for nostalgia and fun workouts. Basketball, baseball, pickleball, tennis, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and hockey are just a few examples of sports to consider.
Try Martial Arts
Martial arts classes are an excellent way to combine fitness with self-defense to prepare you for whatever comes your way while moving your body. You can take karate, judo, tae kwon do, jiujitsu, or another martial arts class to learn valuable skills and challenge yourself in unique ways.
Dabble in Geocaching
Adventurous people who love to explore may be interested in picking up a geocaching hobby in the new year. Geocaching is like real-life treasure hunting and can make hiking and rock climbing more interesting. You download a geocaching app on your smartphone and use your GPS to navigate camouflaged hiding spots. Choose caches with higher difficulty ratings and more demanding terrain for extra challenges. You might even learn better map-reading skills and be inspired to create your own caches along the way!