Everybody wants to know how to stay fit, but the most common answer—the gym—can become monotonous. The best workouts will challenge, excite, and engage you. If you’re looking for an alternative to another mile on the treadmill, here are four unusual (and fun) ways to keep fit and active in Toronto.
Skydiving may seem like the ultimate daredevil adventure—the adrenaline, the wind in your hair, the mad thrill of leaping out of a plane. At iFly Toronto, you can try indoor skydiving and get one of the best workouts of your life without confronting your fear of heights.
First you’ll suit up in a jumpsuit, goggles, and helmet, and once you’ve been briefed, you’ll enter a 45-foot-tall cylinder with a 175 kilometre per hour airstream. Inside, your gravity-defying exploits begin as you experience “free-fall,” which is as good for your abs as it is for your bragging rights.
The system is also extremely safe, accommodating children as young as four years old. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can up your fitness game with training in formation skydiving, back flying, or sit flying. And, if you’re feeling particularly daring, you can even try a head-down dive.
Want a unique suggestion for how to stay fit medieval-style? Imagine you, your friends, and an exhilarating battle that will leave just one woman—or man—standing. At Archers Arena you’ll master the art of combat archery, which takes the competition and rivalry of paintball back to its roots.
On arrival, you’ll be fitted with safety equipment and either a Recurve or Longbow, weighing between 22 and 29 pounds. After beginner instruction, you’ll be ready to unleash your inner warrior and go head-to-head with other archers in an elimination-style battle royale. At the starting whistle, race to pick up as many soft-tipped arrows as possible and then run, roll, and hide in one of the massive indoor arenas, using your marksman’s aim to take out your adversaries one by one.
When you think you’ve got the hang of things, mix it up by trying another of the arena’s 28 game modes, such as Gladiator, Vampire, or Capture the Flag, each of which demands a different playing style. With a bow and arrow, you’re working out more than your trigger finger—you’ll need to engage your entire body if you want to win!
Climbing is widely acknowledged to be an exceptional full-body workout, but what do you do when you don’t have access to a rock face? There’s indoor rock climbing, where climbers rig up in harnesses and ropes to mimic the popular outdoor sport. But what if you got rid of the gear and used only your own strength, balance, and agility to get to the top? Then you’d have bouldering, one of the best workouts for your core and upper body.
Unlike other climbing facilities, Boulderz Climbing Centre in West Toronto offers both traditional indoor rock climbing and bouldering, and they have a rock-solid youth program to boot. If you’re wondering how to stay fit with your kids, Boulderz has training and programming for kids as young as four years old.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Take the fun of the backyard trampolines of your youth and multiply that by 10,000, because that’s how many foam cubes are there to catch you in the Foam Zone at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Toronto. If you love the feeling of weightlessness and want to explore new ways to get fit, you’ll definitely want to take flight at Sky Zone and try one of their high-octane programs.
Live out your slam dunk dreams during a game of Sky Slam Basketball, a dynamic version of the classic court game played on trampolines. Or spice up your cardio routine with a Skyrobics class. This low-impact workout combines jumping, mid-air action, and core exercises, and can burn up to a whopping 1,000 calories per hour! With these activities and more, a visit to Sky Zone just might turn into one of the best workouts ever.