Exercise isn't always about hitting the gym, jogging, lifting weights or hopping up on the treadmill. Most times, we do these things because we know we should...not necessarily because we love doing them. Truthfully, running on the treadmill for me is not fun. I call it "40 minutes of hell". I'll do it, but you won't see me laughing and smiling about it until it's over! ;)
What I have found is that doing some physical activity that you really enjoy and are passionate about can beat a workout at the gym any old day. When you're doing activities that you really enjoy, you tend to keep at it much longer. The only time you look at the clock is to insure that you get even more time to keep doing your thing.
Almost everyone has some thing that they really enjoy doing, be it dancing, outdoor sports, or just playing and tussling around with your kids. Tap into that passion you have and use it for your fitness whenever you can!
For me it's easy, because I love doing a ton of things; roller blading, playing tennis, biking, snowboarding, and a few more I can't think of at the moment. When warmer temps roll around, you will see me out on my blades with a quickness. Also, as soon as tennis season comes, I can't wait to slip into one of my little tennis skirts and hit the court to work on my inner Serena! I will play until I can't lift the racquet anymore. Now that I have a passion for snowboarding, I try not to miss an opportunity to get out on the slopes and work on new skills. A few hours of that leaves you completely worked. And unlike the gym, it's not something I have to push myself to do...I look forward to these activities. I'm like a kid outside playing when I'm doing them.
dance like no one is watching...really!
Don't like sports? Well, heck, I bet you like music, right? Who doesn't? Even if you don't attend a formal dance class, you can always just throw some of your favorite high energy tunes on and just dance up a storm in your living room. I do that from time to time, and when I do it, I dance like a woman possessed! Be sure to have a wall mirror close by - it ups the creativity, trust me! ;) It's so much fun, and not only that, it uplifts your spirits. You always feel great after a good dance!
Got kids? Use them! You know what I mean. Running around and playing ball or other games with your little ones is a great way to get some exercise. I know all you mommies know what I'm talking about! I have nephews and nieces, all at great ages; 6, 7, 8 and 10. I play catch with them, teach them how to bike and skate, and next winter, plan to take them up to the resort with me so that they can learn how to ski. Fun for them, fun for me - everybody wins! ;) And as I've stated in past articles, it's also a great way to instill a love of physical activity and exercise in your kids.
Me taking a well needed break after tackling those slopes!
So, don't feel like hitting the gym 3 to 5 times a week? No problem. Take a couple of those days you would have spent sweating on an elliptical and go take a dance class instead. Get some friends together weekly to do a physical sport or activity you all enjoy. Get a bike and start exploring. There's a thousand ways to do this! Just make sure it's something that you really love and are passionate about. That makes it easy! ;)
"A Beautiful Day on Windham Mountain"