Looking for ways to add more fun to your fitness routine? Turn your eyes to the beloved sporting events you watch on TV.
Kickboxing is a popular fitness trend. This feisty whole-body workout blends aerobics with boxing- and martial arts-based jabs and kicks.
Walk a marathon-at your pace. Maybe you're not ready to run a real marathon. But don't let that stop you from crossing the finish line like the athletes in track-and-field events. Make it your goal to walk 26.2 miles (the length of a marathon race) over the course of several months.
Try table tennis. This fast-paced calorie-burner became an Olympic sport in 1988. Dust off that basement ping pong table or head to the nearest rec center.
Give golf a go. Golf can also reap fitness benefits. Be sure to walk the course to maximize movement.
Row like a pro. No boat needed for these cardio moves. Just hit the rowing machine at the gym. Sign up for a group class to multiply the fun.
Pedal your heart out. Cyclists regularly pedal for medal in road, mountain, track and other bike races. To get your heart racing, grab a helmet, hop on your bike and ride to glory (and good health).
Form a team. Try playing volleyball, badminton or soccer in your backyard. Shoot some hoops in your driveway. Or pack up the kids and tennis rackets and hit some balls at a nearby court.
Sources: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American Council on Exercise; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; International Olympic Committee; National Institutes of Health