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Breaking the Mold: Unconventional Exercises That Work

By Genevieve Cunningham

Exercise. Everyone needs exercise in their lives. We need it for the movement and for the calorie burn. We need it for muscle development. We even need it for our mental health. Unfortunately, many of us have a limited view on exercise. We think of the same old routines over and over again, and because of the repetition, we often grow bored and give up. We run or join an aerobics class or lift weights, but we really want something fun! Something to change up the monotony. If this is you, you're in luck. To keep our workout interesting and challenging at the same time, take a look at these unconventional workouts that really work toward better health in your body. 

Battle Ropes

Battle ropes are huge ropes -- literally! They're heavy and awkward, but they also make a great workout. You hold them at one end and do a series of whips and twists. You can do them with a partner, each of you holding an end, or you can do them alone, with the opposite end of the rope lying on the ground. This is a great workout for the arms, and because the ropes are so heavy, it also requires massive core work. If you're interested in giving it a try, check out your local gym to see if they're available, and check the internet for a series to follow. 


Rowers have massive arm muscles, a strong core, and incredible back muscles. If you live near water, you may be able to find actual rowing workouts on or near the water with a trainer or a group. If you don't, there may be rowing machines at one of the local gyms. Rowing requires muscle strength, stamina, and a steady pattern. It's fun, but it's also really challenging. If you like the thought of building your upper body first, rowing may be just the ticket.

Jungle Gyms

You don't have to be a kid to enjoy a jungle gym. If you have a park nearby, don't be afraid to use the monkey bars. If you're not keen on using an actual playground, you can probably find adult-sized equipment nearby. Or you can use a rock wall, a climbing net, or a nearby obstacle course. This kind of workout keeps your muscles constantly challenged and fatigued. And it takes you back to when you were a kid, which just makes it more fun. If you need your workout to look more like play, this is the perfect approach.

Working out doesn't have to be boring. You don't have to do the same workout over and over again. Get outside of the box. Get outside of your comfort zone. Get creative, have some fun, and you can get in great shape while having a blast this year.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

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