We all know exercise is good for us but how many of us actually do any? Walking to the kitchen to grab a coffee is not going to burn away your calories, and picking up the tv remote isn’t going to build upper body strength.
Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, there are many enjoyable activities you can do that will help you keep fit. So if the thought of going for a run brings you out in a cold sweat, the following ideas may be for you.
Go for a walk
Don’t put pressure on yourself and walk purely for exercise, but make it part of your daily routine. You could buy a dog which will give you added incentive to set foot outdoors. Instead of driving to work, why not walk if the distance isn’t going to bring your feet out in blisters. Or if you take the bus or train to work, get off a stop early and walk the rest of the way.
Go for a walk somewhere scenic, such as the local park, and you might just find it a relaxing experience. Bring your family or friends along, bring a picnic and make a day of it.
Buy a games console
Nintendo and Microsoft consoles have motion control features, allowing you to take part in sporting activities from the comfort of your living room. From bowling to white water rafting, there are video games that require you to use your whole body as the controller, rather than the traditional joypad. You might want to close the curtains first though!
If you have ever envied the fun your hamster has in its ball, fear not! You can experience the joy your furry friend has by setting foot into a human hamster ball (zorb ball.) There are many sports clubs which allow you the opportunity to have a go at this fun activity, using your whole body to guide the ball on land and water. Zorbing is one of the safest ‘extreme’ sports available today, but you may want to avoid eating lunch before having a go.
There are many dance classes and clubs available, including Zumba and the tango, guaranteed to bring you out in a healthy sweat. You may prefer a more relaxed form, such as ballet or ballroom dancing, but whatever you choose, putting your dancing shoes on will give you some enjoyable exercise. Of course, you could simply head off to the local nightclub, but if you are interested in keeping fit, spend more time on the dance floor than the bar.
Have fun with your kids
Kids love to play, so if you have some of your own, you need no excuse but to get outside and play games with them. Tag, ball games, water fights… the list of games you can play with your kids will give you hours of fun, even if you do get exhausted before they do. Your children will appreciate the time you are spending with them too, provided you don’t embarrass them or become too competitive.