Here is part 2 of my fitness games series (2 per article). These might give you some inspiration and variety in your workouts. Some drills are group based and others you can do solo. Either way, they’re a lot of fun!
Sometimes, it’s good not to overthink fitness too much and just have a really good time! 99% of the population has the same goal: be healthy and more fit than we currently are. We need structure and discipline but not necessarily a strict regimen which prescribes every single repetition. I hope these games can help you – they’re made a world of difference in enjoying workouts for myself and my clients.
1. This is one of my favorites and VERY simple! Find the song Roxanne by The Police. While you play it, you run around or do jumping jacks. Every time they sing ‘Roxanne’ in the chorus OR background, you do a burpee. There are a lot at the end. NO CHEATING!
2. Knee tapping game (group): set up 2 small areas to play the game. Try to touch (not hit hard) another person knee. You defend your own knees with the arms and by moving away. Everyone tries to get anyone at the same time. If you successfully touch someone’s knee(s), you can go to the second (winner’s) area. When multiple people are there, you keep doing the same thing. If your knee gets tapped, you go back to the original playing field (don’t call it the loser’s field) AFTER doing 10 reps of a prescribed exercise – I like to do jump squats or full body sit ups. If you get your knee tapped at the original playing field, you just stay put! Keep playing for a prescribed time. Additional rules may be needed depending on the size of the group, discipline, age etc. to ensure safety.
By Sander Vanacker for FitGuana
Sander Vanacker is a personal trainer, CEO of Bring Back Nature, Inc. and founder of FitGuana. He believes in improving health and wellness by incorporating more nature into our lives, being active and spending more time outdoors.