Getting fit is all the rage these days. Especially at the beginning of a new year, when people like the idea of a clean slate to help launch a healthier lifestyle. Oftentimes, however, these well-meant plans are dashed by the second month. Usually this stems from overdoing it and expectations that are too high. Not everyone is built to hop out of bed at 6 am for a daily run, and not everyone has the time to attend a cycling class after work. Sometimes it’s even sheer boredom that pushes people off of their fitness plans. One of the best ways to get fit and stay fit is to find something you like to do and something that you look forward to doing. Once you get the hang of that, it’s likely you’ll want to incorporate other activities. Baby steps can truly lead to great strides. In the meantime, if you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas to get you moving:
Take a social dance class in your community. Check a local college to see if they have classes you can audit or research dance studios in your area. You will have a unique workout experience and a ton of fun.
Become a dog walker
Spending time with dogs actually has incredible health benefits. A great way to incorporate those benefits into your life is to become a dog walker. With apps like Rover’s, it’s easier than ever to get connected with clients. And of course, dog walking is a great workout. Chances are you’ll get in so many steps a day simply walking your clients that you won’t need to spend much of your free time at the gym.
If you have ever been geocaching, you know that it involves a large amount of walking. Instead of just taking a walk down a neighborhood sidewalk, go on your very own treasure hunt! It will keep you so busy, you may not even remember you're exercising.
It’s not just for relaxation! Yoga is an incredible way to work on fitness, strength, and flexibility. Not to mention that it forces you to be more mindful of your body. There are all different types of yoga available, too, and yoga is something you can do at home alone, or there are classes just about everywhere (i.e. studios, community centers, gyms). The physical and mental benefits of yoga can be truly life-changing.
Indoor Rock Climbing
You can typically find rock climbing walls at local gyms or college fitness centers. It will require a good bit of endurance, and it will force you to use nearly every muscle in your body. It is a fun way to get in a workout for the day while placing your focus on overcoming a challenge.
Clean The House the Old-Fashioned Way
Since we all have to clean our houses anyway, try doing a few tasks the old-fashioned way for a little extra exercise. For example, use a bucket and rag to clean the floor instead of mop or Swiffer, and wash the dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher in order to spend a little more time standing.
Play with Your Kids
Play active games with your kids like hide-and-seek, tag, or Twister. Play fetch or take the family dog for a walk. You will have very little trouble finding active games to play with your kids, because their endless amounts of energy with make them the best fitness coach you could have.
Exercise on the Couch
The internet is full of exercise routines that you can complete while watching television. Accomplish simple things like leg lifts or crunches on the couch, and sit up straight instead of leaning into the couch cushions. You could notice a big difference in your core and leg strength, just by making these little changes through the course of your week.
Redecorate Your House or Someone Else’s
Have you ever moved furniture before? If you have, you know the physical strain it places on muscles all throughout your body. There is even a whole program, called “The Movement,” dedicated to the idea of getting fit by moving household items. If following a moving-inspired workout routine doesn’t appeal to you, you can always volunteer to help friends, neighbors, and relatives with their moves. You’ll get a good workout and have some brownie points saved up when the time comes to ask for help for your next move!
You may want to strap on some safety goggles and athletic shoes for this one. You will be moving all over a small court, attempting to swing a racquet precisely enough to hit the ball as it flies all over the room. These courts can usually be found at a local gym or college fitness center. Racquetball is tons of fun and constant movement.
Fitness is important for long-term health and well-being, but it has to be something you can and want to commit to. Set yourself up to make your goals happen by finding the right activity for you.