To start off, I’m going to be honest- I’m not a fan of exercising. I know it’s something I need to do, but knowing that doesn’t make doing it any easier. I’ve never been one who feels comfortable (let alone excited) to work out in a gym full of strangers, nor do I enjoy the pastime of running, whether indoors or out. Again, to be honest, I think my lack of motivation is a combination of getting bored easily and not wanting to pay a lot of money for a gym membership. So, for all of you who feel the way I do, I have a few exercise suggestions that might make getting in shape more bearable:
- Go Hiking. This suggestion really only works if you live near or around places to hike, and as I live in Utah, I’m fairly close to a lot of hiking spots. Not only is hiking a great way to see beautiful places, it gives you quite a work out. This suggestion is especially fun (and safer, I might add) if you go with a friend, spouse, sibling, etc. It’s not something that needs to be done every day, but it’s a great option if you’re looking to add to your regular exercise habits, or if you just want to keep yourself moderately in shape.
- At home workouts. There are plenty of workout videos online, and there are other workout videos and DVDs you can purchase for relatively cheap compared to a year’s gym membership. Working out in the privacy of your own home is convenient and easy to do if you’re tight on time, and it’s also a great alternative if you’re not comfortable working out in front of other people.
- Go on walks. Don’t laugh, I know you want to. Walking seems like the least effective mode of exercise, but you’d be surprised at the benefits that come from this simple activity. To give you an idea, here’s a short list of benefits mentioned by the American Heart Association on their website.
- Develop an athletic hobby. Exercising is much more fun when you’re playing sports. Find a sport you enjoy (notice I said one that you enjoy -it’s okay if you’re not very good at it) and join a community team or get together a group of friends to play once a week. Not only will this help your physical health, it’ll help your social health as well.
These suggestions have worked for me, and I hope they’ll work for you too. The most important thing is that you’re staying active, in whatever way works for you. So don’t worry about strict workout routines. Get out there, have some fun, and get in shape along the way.