Working out is an obvious key to being healthy, losing weight and getting stronger. And there is no doubt that a consistent gym-style workout will do amazing things for your well being. But there are cons to limiting your workout to reps and repeats.
Most truly healthy people supplement there routines with an activity they can really get into. While it’s true that getting in the zone on a treadmill or with a workout DVD can be fulfilling and even fun, it isn’t nearly as stimulating as finding that activity that really hits home for you.
Maybe you aren’t a natural athlete and you never really got into team sports – there are still a lot of options.
I recently saw an article about cage fighting for fitness. You see stories about the rising trend of pole dancing as a workout. Perhaps both of these are a little too extreme for you, but what about the thousand of other activities you could try to cut back on your sitting time?
Maybe for you it is rounding up some friends for a game of squash and the local recreation center – or perhaps you enjoy hitting the dance club on the weekend? Don’t have the spare change for those activities? Hiking is free. So is bouldering or climbing in many cases. When I was in Seattle I could step down the street to a kayaking river!
You can go swimming, play the trendy game of Ultimate Frizbee at the park, try out skiing or surfing, take a tap dancing or hip hop class. Some types of fishing or sailing can even give great exercise.
You may be a parent or a student or just busy in general – you might be saying to yourself now that there is no way you could find time to do any of these. That is why we have little workout routines for the everyday. But once you’ve found an activity you LOVE, you’ll find yourself looking to make time any Saturday and holiday you can.
May not be big, but the little things count.