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15 Fun (and some slightly unusual) ways to get active

To make a success of your new active lifestyle, it’s super important that you think of physical activity as fun and attainable. If you’re someone who isn’t as active as you’d like to be, you’re more likely to make a change when you’re not pressured into “no pain, no gain” workouts – when you start having fun that’s when you’ll start to see the benefit of an active lifestyle.

Walking to the shop, playing with the dog, gardening, or (believe it or not) housework can all contribute to our wellbeing and lead to increased energy, mental alertness and just feeling good! So, whether these activities are recognised as ‘proper exercise’ is irrelevant, and will only put unnecessary pressure on yourself. The more you enjoy your activity, the more likely you are to keep doing them. So in light of that, here are some ideas for less ‘painful’ ways to get active.

  1. Commuting 

Walk, run, cycle, or shuffle your way to work. If the office is too far, consider doing certain sections of the journey under your own steam! Whether that is walking from the train station instead of taking the bus for the last mile, using a folding bike or push scooter as part of a multi-modal transport journey.

Commuter cycling to work

Commuting to work can be a great to to get active, save money, and reduce stress.

  1. Walking

Taking a daily walk is an enjoyable and easy way to get active, no matter if it’s around the corner to the shops, a few streets around the neighborhood, or even just a stroll in your own garden. Walking can be a great way to clear your mind, get your blood flowing and get some fresh air – it will do wonders to your physical and mental health.

  1. Play a musical instrument

Rock stars may not be the epitome of health, but have you seen a drummer after a show? A sweat inducing experience that gets the blood flowing as you use your entire body. So whether it’s the drums or an electric guitar, playing an instrument can be a great way to get active while also having fun!

  1. Visit a Park

Take the dogs, kids, or just yourself to the park. There, you can play Frisbee, play tag, fly a kite, take a jog or leisurely walk, and just have a great time. Go enjoy the fresh air, the sound of the birds, and the sun on your skin.

15 Fun ways to get active this summer

The UK has so many gorgeous parks – make the most of it!

  1. Dancing

Dancing is a great way to get moving. It can help you stay active, improve your coordination, and even reduce stress. It can also be very social (if you want it to be!). Jam to your favourite tunes at home or join classes for ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap. If you are looking for fun exercise in London, head to The Curve Catwalk whose resonating mantra is “exercise should be a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate, it should be enjoyed”.

  1. Team Sport

Playing sports as part of a team is a great way to stay active and get some exercise, make new friends, and feel a sense of belonging within your community. There are so many different sports to choose from, including football, cricket, volleyball, and rugby. Being part of a team allows you to learn new skills, develop physical and mental strength, and most importantly, have fun! It’s a great way to stay connected and build meaningful relationships with people.

  1. Yoga

A classic – yoga helps to improve physical and mental health. It can help to reduce stress, improve flexibility, and increase strength and balance.

  1. Sightseeing

Have you ever seen the step count after a day exploring a new city? It’s quite impressive! Sightseeing also doesn’t have to involve a new city, head into neighbouring boroughs to find new sights (and coffee spots!).

  1. Cleaning

Getting active doesn’t have to be a chore, unless it’s literally a chore! Kill two birds with one stone by getting active with cleaning. Vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping are great ways to work up a sweat. Dusting low and high in those hard to reach places are great for functional movement and stretching your muscles. Who knew there would be an upside to cleaning!

vacuuming to get active

Life hack! House chores is an accessible first step to get physically active 🤸🏽

  1. Gardening

Gardening is a great way to get active outdoors, get some fresh air and sunshine (if our weather allows for it), and even grow some fresh food! You don’t need to have a large garden or allotment to get involved – a small patch of soil is enough to get started. Gardening can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, and it’s an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.

  1. Hiking

Hiking may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t take a huge amount of bravery, or even a lot of specialised gear, to dip your toes into hiking. All you really need is a good pair of shoes, some comfortable clothes, a bottle of water, and you can be on your way. Of course, if you plan on hiking further afield or in more challenging terrain, you’ll want to invest in more advanced equipment that can help you stay safe. But apart from that, all you need is the courage to take the first step and let the adventure begin!

  1. Staircases

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is an excellent way to incorporate additional physical activity into your day-to-day routine. Not only does it provide you with an opportunity to get your heart rate up, It can even help to increase your energy and alertness levels, making it perfect for those times when you need a quick pick-me-up.

  1. Swimming

Splash around this summer with the perfect activity that can include the whole family. As an ideal way to get active, swimming can also be calming and a great way to unwind. So, head over to Hampstead Heath for an outdoor swim or pick one of hundreds of indoor swimming pools here

  1. Skipping

Skipping is a great way to get your heart rate up and burn some calories. It’s also low impact, so it’s suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Try these jump rope games with the kids, or try some of these more advanced skips if you are feeling adventurous. 

  1. Camping 

The UK has an excellent range of camping (or glamping if you prefer a bit more comfort) spots. So, no need for an expensive trip abroad to experience the beauties of nature. Head into the great outdoors, go for a hike, set up camp, fetch wood, make a fire, and finish the day with a hearty meal. Finally, get a good night’s rest and be ready for another day of active adventure.


Head into the great outdoors and setup camp this summer.