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9 Fun Ways to Be More Active

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Being active doesn’t mean always going to the gym. There are a bunch of options to get your body moving in fun and engaging ways to inject some energy and positivity into your day.

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Forget the stereotype of the sedentary gamer – sitting in a gaming chair in the dark, surrounded by LED lights. If you love gaming, or want to try something new, Wales has a thriving e-sports scene for you to get involved in. Look for local tournaments or groups for games that get your body moving, like Just Dance or Wii Sports. You could also get active in virtual reality, with games like Beat Saber and Superhot. It’s a great way to turn gaming into a social and active experience.

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Adventure spots

Up for an adventure? Many outdoor activity centres and youth groups in Wales offer exciting activities like kayaking, rock climbing, or mountain biking. These activities are a fantastic way to explore the stunning Welsh landscapes while getting a great workout. Imagine paddling across a pristine lake, scaling a challenging rock face, or conquering a mountain trail on a bike! Not only will you get your heart pumping, but you’ll also create lasting memories in the heart of nature.

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Community exercise

Looking for a free and inclusive way to get started with running? Parkrun is a weekly 5km timed walk or run held in many locations across Wales. It’s a fantastic way to meet new people and get active in a welcoming and encouraging environment. Don’t worry if you’re new to running – all abilities are welcome! Many local walking groups also exist, offering a chance to explore nature, socialise, and get your daily steps in.

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Fitness apps

No gym membership needed! Several free apps and online channels provide workout routines for all fitness levels. Explore options on YouTube to find something that suits your interests, whether it’s bodyweight exercises, cardio routines, or even dance fitness. There’s also a bunch of free apps that provide guided tutorials, workout routines, or a way to track the exercise you’ve done, such as Couch to 5K. This allows you to get active at home or outdoors, following a programme that keeps you motivated and engaged.

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Active commuting

Instead of taking the bus or car everywhere, consider cycling or walking to school or work when possible. It’s a great way to get some activity into your daily routine. If you want to take it a step further, yoy could organise walking or cycling challenges with friends – set goals for distance or time, adding a competitive element to your journeys to and from the places you need to be.

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Group exercise

Many community centres or local gyms offer fitness classes of all styles, from Zumba and ballroom dancing, to boxing or karate. Check your local community centre noticeboard, magazine, or online listings to find classes that pique your interest. Facebook events and Eventbrite are a good place to look for listings, too. Sometimes, you might be able to get a free taster session to see whether you like it. Why not bring a mate along with you, too?

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Volunteer with a Twist

Look for volunteering opportunities that involve physical activity, like helping with park maintenance or beach cleans. It’s a great way to give back to your community, get some exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. Contact your local council or environmental organisations to see what voluntary opportunities are available. You might be surprised at the variety of choices!

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Combine walking with a treasure hunt. Geocaching uses GPS to lead you on adventures to find hidden containers (caches) placed around the world. It’s a fun way to explore new places, get some fresh air, and add a bit of excitement to your walks. Download a geocaching app and start exploring hidden gems in your area! Remeber to be careful to not walk across private land, and always tell someone you trust where you’re planning on going to explore.

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Traditional Sports

Wales has a rich sporting heritage. Try your hand at rugby, a sport that will get your heart racing and test your teamwork skills. Or perhaps cricket, a strategic game that requires focus and hand-eye coordination. Netball is another great option, offering a fast-paced and dynamic team sport. Local clubs or groups often cater to beginners, so don’t be afraid to reach out, ask questions, and give it a go – you might discover a hidden talent!

Lace up your trainers, grab your friends, and get ready to move your body! With a little creativity, you can find activities you enjoy and make fitness a rewarding part of your life.