Yes, there are fun ways to get thirty minutes of regular activity. When we’re young, we move our bodies in play all the time and don’t think about exercise. As an adult, however, the thought of physical activity doesn’t sound like much fun at all. It’s recommended that adults do 150 – 300 minutes of exercise a week.

Thirty minutes a day puts you safely in the middle of that range. Nobody wants to spend thirty minutes every day working out, but you can get in your physical activity in by doing something that you enjoy. Here are some easy ways to get thirty minutes of activity in a fun way, with options for all the family

  1. Running games. If you enjoy running but need some motivation to get going, try a running game. There are dozens of apps that can be used to add some excitement to your run, like putting you in a zombie apocalypse to encourage you to run faster. 
  2. Frisbee. Frisbee is a really fun way to get moving with a friend. Challenge yourself to set new personal records for throwing the frisbee back and forth without dropping it, or make the workout harder by running for it. Take the dog with you for a fun workout with your canine pal too. 
  3. Zumba. Zumba is a dance-based workout, that has packed out classes, thanks to its fun atmosphere. There are lots of Zumba workouts online or look for a local class with an instructor like Tony Raunic
  4. Hiking. Get out and about and explore the great outdoors while getting your physical activity at the same time. A hike is a good way to stretch your legs and see the local scenery. If you have a dog, take it for a good walk or hike with friends to combine exercise with your social time. 
  5. Rock climbing. Rock climbing is a fantastic strength workout and can be a fantastic adrenalin rush. You can find a rock-climbing wall indoors in lots of gyms if you want to tackle something without also tackling the elements at the same time by climbing outdoors. 
  6. Hula hooping. You probably enjoyed hula hooping as a kid, but as an adult, it can be just as much fun. As an added bonus, it’s also a wonderful way to build up your core strength and stamina. Buy a hoop and work your abs!
  7. Join a team sport. Joining a team sport can be a good way to meet new people, make new friends, and try something new at the same time. Perhaps you could go back to a sport you played as a child, or try something new that you’ve always wanted to do. 
  8. Boxercise. If you have pent-up energy to get out, try a boxercise class. Boxing is good cardio, and boxercise is inspired by the workouts done by boxers. Get fit and get out some of your frustrations at the same time. 
  9. Bike riding. Cycling is a practical way to get around, while also being good exercise. Cycle for fun, or swap your car for a bike for your commute.