Dread going to the gym? It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea, and there are plenty of ways you can get into shape that don't involve lifting weights or working treadmill inclines. Ditch the typical gym workout, and opt for one (or a few) of these foolproof ways to get toned without "exercising." We chatted with Maggie Priore, a personal trainer on Fyt, and have you covered with some fun activities to work into your regular routine. (For those of you who don't know, Fyt is the nation's largest personal training service that makes fitness under the expert guidance of an in-person or virtual, certified fitness professional convenient and accessible for everyone.)
Read on to learn more about these seamless ways to get toned without exercising, and next up, be sure to check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
Priore says the number one piece of advice she offers to clients who want to shed excess weight is to increase their daily step goal. "The amount of movement you do in a day matters," she explains, noting you should shoot for 8,000 to 10,000 steps on the daily. "I realize it can be hard to get that many steps in when working a typical 9 to 5 job, but even an extra 1,000 steps a day can make a difference. Try to give yourself 20 to 30-minute breaks during the day to get up and walk around," she says.
So find a picturesque route in your neighborhood or local community, or explore someplace totally new. Round up some walking buddies for a fun catch-up "walk and talk" sesh, or go it solo. One thing's for sure: You'll be crushing those extra steps in no time.
If you live in a community (or close to one) with hiking trails, pick some of your favorite ones, pack up a backpack with water and snacks, lace up those hiking boots, and get going! Priore explains this fun outdoor activity is a sneaky way to get in a workout without feeling like you're actually "working out." Plus, you'll be enjoying some fresh air and soaking up the beautiful scenery around you.
Priore adds, "When hiking (especially if you can walk up and downhill), you are working your leg muscles in a terrific way. It is an awesome way to tone, and you get the benefits of being outdoors!"
If you love to dance, dance it out with some Zumba classes. You'll be working up a sweat, burning calories, and getting toned in no time at all. According to Priore, "The choreography is usually simple, and the classes are always so much fun! You get your heart rate up and work your arm and leg muscles."
Biking is another way to get active in the great outdoors while soaking up the cool sites around you. It's even a fun way to explore a new town or city while traveling.
"Recreational biking is a great way to exercise," Priore says, adding, "Biking works your quads, glutes, hamstrings, core, and arms."