Be a kid again
Speaking of childhood favorites, if you have little kids in your life, then you have no shortage of opportunities to run around. Be the cool mom or dad (or the favorite aunt or uncle) by joining in on their fun. “Kids move non-stop,” says Steph Wilberding, founder and head coach of HK Fitness. “Most of us used to do the same. As we get older, we slow down. Remember the game, tag? It’s a game of sprints, which is a great way to get in some cardio, increase your heart rate, and have some fun outside of the gym.” You could also try playing red rover, red-light green-light, Marco Polo, hopscotch, double-dutch, hide and seek, sharks and minnows, a snowball fight, or hula-hooping. Follow these 10 weight-loss tricks that have nothing to do with diet or exercise.
Join a sports league
When you’re playing a sport you love, you won’t fixate on all the exercise you’re getting. “Nearly every city or community has a recreational sports league with a host of teams you can join for a small fee,” says Price. “Most of these leagues also separate the teams into tiers based on skill level and how competitive players want to be. So regardless of whether you’re a weekend warrior looking to relive the glory days, or you just want to have fun, there will surely be something for you.” Consider sports like softball, kickball, dodgeball, tennis, and volleyball fair game.
Sign up for mermaid classes
If you’ve ever daydreamed about the magical lives mermaids must lead, then it’s time to swim a mile in their fins. Really. “Mermaiding is a full-body workout just like swimming, but it adds a fun and magical element of feeling like a mermaid while doing it,” says Christine Dustin, Fin Fun’s mermaid fitness instructor. The company sells mermaid fins—like a long sock for both legs with a big fin on the end—which you can use to swim like fish. To learn the basics, you can enroll in mermaid school or check out Fin Fun’s free, eight-week video series.