Hey all! Now that March is underway and many of us have long forgotten our resolutions to get more active this year, I thought it would be nice to have a quick reminder on ways to get your body moving again. Here’s a guest post from Paige Johnson on doing just that!
Exercise is an important part of being healthy and in shape, and it’s good for your mental and emotional health as well. It can be hard to keep up your motivation, however, when the workout gets boring, so if you find yourself in a rut, try mixing up your routine and find ways to get creative with it.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to evaluate what types of movement bring you joy and incorporate similar workouts. For instance, if you enjoy spending time outdoors, consider finding a nice hiking trail near your home or join a local sports team on the weekends.
If you’re looking for ways to make your workout fun, check out these tips:
Get the kids involved
If you have kids, chances are you know just how much energy little ones have. Take full advantage (and wear them out!) by taking them to the park or just outside in the backyard, where you can play catch, run around for hide-and-seek, or set up a game of kickball.
You can also get the dog involved by taking him on an extra long walk or going for a run at a local park or dog run.
One of the best ways to get moving is to put on some of your favorite music and get moving! Dancing is a great form of exercise, especially if you get your entire body involved. Swing dancing, hip-hop, and dance-type aerobic classes like Zumba incorporate moves for multiple muscle groups, so you’ll get a full-body workout.
Sign up for martial arts
Want a workout that will have you sweating and feeling a boost of self-confidence? Try a form of martial arts. You might learn some interesting self-defense moves at the same time!
Cleaning the house can eat up calories if you put some extra umph into it, so get out the dust rags and vacuum and give your place a thorough tidying up. It may not be the most fun way to get in a workout, but you’ll be checking things off your to-do list.
Play video games
Yes, you read that right. You can use a video game system to help you stay active by finding games that use movement. Systems like the Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360 are great for this, as it includes games that require you to stand up and move around.
Of course, swimming is great exercise, but if you have a short attention span, swimming laps may not seem all that appealing. Thankfully, there are lots of other ways to get fit in the water. Grab your goggles and play some water basketball. Seek out a local water polo team. Or take a water aerobics or water dance class. No matter what you do, being in the water is great for your muscles and easy on your joints.
Get out of the car
Unless you live in a very rural area, chances are you don’t live too far from work, a park, or a store you frequent. Leave the car at home and take a walk the next time you run errands. You can get the kids involved by pulling little ones in a wagon or inviting them to ride alongside you on a bike.
Half the battle of keeping up a consistent workout routine is staying motivated to get moving every day. When you make avoiding boredom a fitness goal from the get-go, you can help ensure you have a steady variety of new activities on your calendar. That way, you’ll be motivated and having a blast while getting fit.
Paige is dedicated to providing information on living a lifestyle that’s healthy for both our bodies and our planet.