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Top Exercise Activities: How To Make Exercise Fun

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Exercise is good and healthy. But spending two hours at the gym isn’t for everyone. So what do you do when there just isn’t any appeal to running three miles on a treadmill or waiting in line for 20 minutes to get access to a bench press? Luckily, there are many different ways to get fit and get moving. And while some people can find it very useful to work out in an environment specifically geared toward exercise, that isn’t the end-all, be-all. 

Wondering how to make exercise fun? Look no further than axe throwing. That’s right, you read that correctly: axe throwing. Don’t worry, we have some other fun suggestions for you besides this rather all-inclusive option. Just don’t be surprised when you read further and discover all the reasons axe throwing truly can offer you great exercise while being fun and entertaining as well. 

Top Fun Activities that Actually Get You Moving

As promised, below are some other activities that get you up and moving that add a little more fun to the exercise mix than doing the StairMaster for ten minutes. 


Archery is the practice, sport, or skill of using a bow to shoot arrows. Historically, archery was used to both defend oneself and to hunt food. Today it is used quite a bit in hunting, but it can also double as a fun way to get some exercise in while doing something fun. 


Hear us out: bowling is not boring. It’s a really fun way to get out, do something fun with friends, and get some exercise in the process. Bowling is a target sport and recreational activity involving rolling a ball toward targets at the end of a runway with the goal to hit them all down. 

Lumberjack Games

Lumberjack competitions, also known as logging sports, are pretty popular. Competitors can try their skills at amateur, collegiate, and even professional events. You’d be surprised how many people find these sports both entertaining to watch and enjoyable to participate in. The individual events in lumberjack games range from more well-known competitions such as sawing or chopping wood. Others include more obscure tests of skill in like log rolling and climbing competitions. 

Axe Throwing

Then there’s axe throwing. This fun form of friendly competition is a modern sport that has risen in popularity in the past few years. The goal is to hit the target with an axe using the proper throwing form. Axe throwing itself has historically been an event at the Lumberjack Games, but because it has increased in notoriety and popularity, it has since branched off and become a fun activity and a great way to get exercise all on its own. 

How Many Calories Does Axe Throwing Burn?

How many calories do you burn axe throwing? Throwing an axe uses multiple groups of muscles. If done correctly, and done consistently for about 30 minutes, you could feasibly burn about 115 calories, according to an article by Courier Post, which includes other fun activities that burn calories. 

A good round of axe throwing should feasibly last about an hour, so you’re potentially looking at about 230 or so calories burned during that time. Plus, take into account the fact that axe throwing has you moving around on your feet and standing up and sitting down repeatedly in chairs, all of which requires physical movement, which definitely counts as exercise. 

What Body Parts are You Working Out When Axe Throwing?

A proper axe throw mimics a gym move known as the “woodchopper.” This movement is a fairly common ab exercise during which someone holds a cable with both hands above your head to one side then pulling the cable down across your body, diagonal to the opposite side from which the cable was initially being held. 

You’ll enjoy similar results to this gym workout when you throw axes. In fact, a good 30 minutes of axe throwing will get you a decent workout for your arms, core, shoulders, and legs. And because it’s so fun and enjoyable, you’ll hardly notice the additional health benefits you’ll be receiving while you compete against your friends. 

How Frequently Should You Axe Throw?

You’ll not only enjoy good physical exercise when you axe throw. Axe throwing can in fact be a great way to relieve stress and relax mentally. Just like with other forms of exercise, throwing axes gets your body moving, releasing endorphins to increase your energy and improve your mood. How often you should throw axes is entirely up to you, but if you’re looking to enjoy the mental and physical benefits that come with it, we suggest making it at least a weekly thing. 

Get Moving With Heber Hatchets

Don’t settle for boring workouts in boring environments. We have locations in Idaho, Utah, and Washington. Contact us at Heber Hatchets today to schedule a time slot and discover how fun it can be to get good exercise! And check out some of our frequently asked questions while you’re at it.