While some people were stressing over not being able to get to the gym as much over the last year, others didn’t miss them at all because they can’t stand the gym in the first place. If you despise exercise or feel allergic to working out in front of other people, we get it. And the good news? You don’t need to break a sweat in public or have someone shouting at you over a megaphone to get fit. Personal trainerMichael Bennettsuggests these stress-relieving alternatives to get in shape if exercise isn’t your thing.
- Pole dancing- ChannelLil Nas Xand build up core and upper body strength with pole dancing. You can order an at-home pole dancing kit and sign up for free classes and for maximum effect, Bennett advises a 30-minute session twice a week. High heels are optional.
- Trampolining- Bouncing and jumping on a trampoline is low-impact and can help build up strength and lower blood pressure, and let’s not forget how much fun it was as a kid. Bennett recommends a 30-minute session three times a week to get the max effect.
- Ballet- Even if you have no idea what first position is, you can find all kinds of free online ballet and barre classes to help get you in shape. And have you seen a ballet dancer’s body? This kind of dance is great for toning and posture and according to Bennett, 30 to 60-minute classes three times a week is the key.
- Dancing- Classical ballet not your thing? Find another kind of dancing that makes you want to move and keep at it. From hip-hop to tap, dance is a fun way to relieve stress and get those endorphins going and for the best workout, Bennett recommends dancing it out for an hour, two to three times a week.
- Skipping- You may not have done it since childhood, but Bennett says skipping can be a great low-impact cardio workout that also improves coordination. To get the full effect, Bennett advises skipping between 45 to 75 minutes four times a week.