Q: I've recently lost my motivation to get to the gym and have gained almost 10 pounds in the past month as a result. I love working out but am in such a slump. How do I get my motivation back?

A: If you're in a fitness slump, it's most likely because you have yet to discover an activity (or activities) that you find enjoyable enough to actually do on a consistent basis. It's important to remember that you don't have to go to a gym to get in shape--there are just as many fitness DVDs to choose from as there are workout personalities. But if DVDs aren't quite your speed, let me suggest a few other non-traditional actives that will help you lose weight while also having fun.

If you like to dance, consider taking a dance class three times a week. Hip hop, salsa, and ballroom styles can all be learned at a dance studio, and anyone familiar with Dancing with the Stars sees how each of the competitors becomes more fit with each passing week. Dancing is so exhilarating that you won't even realize your body is getting a great workout.

Do you enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air with nature? If so, try hiking. Venture out into your backyard or neighborhood and connect with nature while also improving your cardiovascular fitness. Take a friend or just go solo to get some quality time to yourself. Hiking combines both cardio and muscle toning to give you a great total-body workout. Just remember to wear appropriate clothing and shoe.

How about water? If swimming is right up your alley and you have access to a pool, get a kickboard and start kicking from one end of the pool to the other--this is a great cardio and lower body workout. If you want to tone your upper body, get rid of the board and just use your arms.

Mixing up your activities not only keeps your interest, but it keeps your body challenged as well. You can try all of the above in addition to your old workout, but always remember that if you're not having fun doing it, you won't keep it up.

Tamilee Webb is a fitness guru who is best known for her work on the Buns of Steel and Abs of Steel video series. She is currently one of the fitness experts featured on FitTV, a digital channel owned by Discovery Communications. She holds a master's degree in exercise science and is CEO of Webb International.