Top 5 Alternative Work Outs

If you’re still hoping to slim down into bathing-suit shape but you’re tired of running in the sweltering summer heat (or your treadmill is feeling a bit monotonous), check out these alternative work-outs that will keep you a little more entertained.

1.) Kayaking

Though you may think kayaking would only work your arms and shoulders, it is also a great core exercise and even engages your leg muscles. Grab a few friends and head over to Loveland Canoe and Kayak for a calorie-burning day of paddling down the Little Miami in one of three excursion options. 200 Crutchfield Place, Lovelend, (513) 683-4611,

2.) Indoor Rock Climbing

You may not be ready to tackle real-life boulders, but RockQuest Climbing Center’s indoor rock wall is the place to start. Choose either roped climbing or bouldering, and the center offers classes to teach you the basics. If you’re a newbie and just want a taste of climbing, RockQuest offers you just that—you can try two of their walls for just $10, including equipment. General Admission: $15, plus additional rental fees. Monday-Friday: 10AM -10PM, Saturday-Sunday: 10AM – 9PM; 3475 East Kemper Rd., Sharonville, (513) 733-0123, rockquest.comenter link description here

3.) Outdoor Yoga

Improve your flexibility, posture, breathing, core, and more in this free Vinyasa yoga class offered Tuesday nights in Washington Park. Be sure to bring a yoga mat. Tuesdays through Sept. 3, 6 p.m.–7 p.m., Over-the-Rhine,

4.) Bike Riding

The Cincinnati Bike Center’s Bike for Fun program offers up some of the city’s best rides. They even give bike tours, so you can exercise while enjoying the history and culture of the city. Don’t own a bike? No problem. You can rent a variety of bikes for an hour, 4-hours, or day. Cincinnati Bike Center, Smale Riverfront Park (513) 282-4260

5. Horseback Riding

Challenge your inner thighs and calves by trying to stay on a horse’s back during a First Farm Inn trail ride. You’ll feel the results the next day after this scenic 2-hour ride with guided instruction by trainer Jen. $65 per person, 2510 Stevens Road Petersburg, KY, (859) 586-0199,

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