Exercising can become quite monotonous and start to feel like a boring chore if you do it alone. So why not gather your friends, find an open field or park, and have some fun while training!
Sprinting is a great way to get your heart rate up and pumping and can be done at your nearest park. Sprint 50 to 70 meters, then jog back to the starting line and do it again. Do this about 5 to 10 times. This form of exercise is called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – it is great for burning fat (calories) and building your fitness. Have a little race between you and your friends and see who can finish first.
This exercise is really good for strengthening your core and arm muscles. Rest your hands on the grass and have a friend take your feet. Now focus on contracting your core muscles while ‘running’ on your hands across the field. When you reach the other end of the field, switch places and let your friend be the wheelbarrow. Do this a few times and make a race out of it!
Have a friend get on all fours on the grass and use them as a ‘hurdle’. Stand next to them, facing them, and jump over them with one jump. Then turn around and jump back. Don’t run up to them to jump over, just stand still next to them and make the jump as this makes the exercise more difficult. Jump over and then back about five or six times, taking 30-second rests between each set.
For a high intensity session, find an outside spot where you and your friends can run up and down stairs – this is extremely good for building your fitness and strengthening your legs while burning a lot of fat. Start at the bottom, sprint to the top, and run back down again. Do this for about 15 minutes, taking short breaks in between if necessary.
Training should not feel like a chore – it is supposed to be fun, and you should look forward to your daily workout. If you’re not enjoying it, then change it a bit. Get your friends, family or even your pet involved. Be creative and have fun!
Mariska van Wyk