Let’s face it folks, exercising can really suck at times. Many people hate the repetitive nature of exercise and eventually grow bored of the same routine. Boredom leads to laziness, which leads to weight gain. Blah, blah, blah.
But I often wonder what would happen to our overweight society as a whole if everyone just exercised in fun ways? Forget jogging — DANCE around instead! Tired of lifting weights to get defined biceps? Just punch a bag instead. Think of it as a “dual purpose” workout — building biceps and relieving stress while you punch a bag and think of how many people in your world have pissed you off, lied to you, let you down, etc.
For me, exercising MUST be engaging and fun enough so that I will continue to do it. Instead of jogging around the track, I dance around it. I shimmy and shake and generally make an ass out of myself in public. But, that’s okay, I’m having fun while doing it, and the pounds are coming off. So, whatever works for me, that’s what I’ll do.
Exercise must be varied in order to work. The body becomes used to the same movements and repetitions that it no longer responds to what you are doing. Again, time to switch it up.
Many people believe there are only certain ways to exercise that work (running, jogging, lifting weights, walking a treadmill, etc). The truth is, movement is the key — and pretty much anything can get you moving if you are willing to think outside the box a bit and just try new activities. Here are a list of things that a person can do apart from their regular routine (or no routine, if that’s the case), that are so much fun, they don’t even “feel” like exercise:
Ice or roller skating
Playing kickball or dodgeball
Playing Twister (I swear it’s like kiddie yoga) or any childhood outdoor game
Martial arts (if you are opposed to violence, then go with a low impact one like Tai Chi or yoga)
Pillow fighting (I swear ten minutes of this and you’ll be covered in sweat!)
Sweeping, mopping and scrubbing floors (for those who are clean freaks)
Water gun fight around the yard in summer, snow ball fight in winter if you live in a cold weather area
All of the above are a fun way to exercise, and you won’t even realize you’re doing it!
So today’s tip: MAKE IT FUN.