Working out isn’t for everyone – myself included. I hate working out. Absolutely, and unequivocally hate it. I have given working out at the gym so many chances that if it were a boy, my friends would have slapped me a multitude of times by now.
When we were young staying fit was easy, carefree fun. It was easy because we were worried about the ‘having fun’ part, not the ‘being fit’ part. To try and reverse back to my fun ways, here are some things I have tried:
I never used to like yoga. I had every insecure thought in the book. I didn’t like it because I was doing it someone else’s way. Recently, I found videos on YouTube and my (favorite) app, Daily Yoga that has let me practice yoga in my own way and my own comfortable space. Yoga can help increase muscle strength and toning, respiration, circulation, energy, and flexibility. You don’t have to go balls-to-the-wall and buy all the “yogi necessities”. Start in a place you find comfort and peace, find a video series or app you like and give it a go!
Have you heard about Plogging? *Vally Girl Voice* “It’s the hottest internet sensation!” Plogging is the name that people have given to the action of going on a walk or hike and picking up trash along the way. It’s a great way to get out into the fresh air, work a little cardio into your day, and Mother Nature will thank you (seriously, she’s filthy). Make it a competition with friends or family. Make it an active learning lesson for the kids. There are endless & sustainable opportunities. All the thumbs up!
Since moving into a place with a yard, I have mad respect for well-manicured yards. It takes a lot of work. Hard work. Hard work that turns into burning calories and moving your body in ways you might not have before. Believe me, soon after you start, you’ll be sweating.
Get a Dog
I can easily look myself in the mirror and say, “no, I’m not going on a walk”. But how can you look into the eyes of a precious pupper and say “no”? Getting a dog is a good way to get you out of the house and stay active. They are also obviously amazing snuggle buddies. However, please read up on owning a dog and make sure that you have the time, space, and money to give your animal the attention it needs and deserves.
Finding active volunteering opportunities is a great way to get your body moving and work for a great cause. Volunteering doesn’t always mean going to a sanctioned volunteer center and setting you up with a business, school, group, etc. Reach out and help your neighbor, find something in your community that needs fixing, anything!
The most important thing about implementing these activities (and others) into your life is to have fun. My list may be completely different than your list and that’s the beauty of it! Apply the saying “if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, why are you doing it?” to every aspect of your life and make the subtle changes needed to gain that enjoyment.