Fun and easy to use ways to get in shape!
2022 was supposed to be the year you’d start taking care of yourself and getting in shape, but except for that inspired seventeen-minute jog on New Year’s Day, you’ve barely moved from behind your desk! Well, it’s not exactly your fault that January lasted all three minutes! Many of us suffer from a lack of motivation when it comes to exercise and the recent pandemic has only validated and in fact, encouraged our urge to stay in pajama bottoms all day and bake banana bread. The key to getting moving is, first, to stop viewing exercise as a punishment. There are plenty of ways to get in shape and have a great time doing it, it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket either!
Walk, walk, walk!
Walking is the easiest and arguably the most accessible form of exercise. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and you’re done! If you can’t dedicate part of your day to walking in a park, fit it into your day while running errands. Ignore your car keys on the counter when you can help it and delete this food delivery app from your phone. Walk the dog, walk to the store to get that carton of milk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, get off the bus early and take the longest way home from work. Download a free step counter mobile app and set daily and weekly step goals.
Hula-hoop your way to health!
Believe it or not, the activity you probably thought belonged in a children’s playground can be a serious workout! It recruits the abdominal, oblique and upper back muscles and improves endurance, posture and coordination. You can even try weighted hula hoops for an extra ab challenge!
Explore the great outdoors!
Try to find a hill or jungle near you and go on a little trekking adventure. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you can even try rock climbing! Is there an ocean or swimming hole near you? Moving your body against the resistance of water makes swimming a challenging cardiovascular workout, and it’s a refreshing way to stay in shape!
Create a home gym!
Use soup cans or fill water bottles with sand to do your weights! Repurpose old nylon tights to make resistance bands! Another way to stock your home gym is to search for used weights online. Even a little resistance goes a long way to strengthening your muscles. There are hundreds of free home workout videos on the internet. Experiment with different styles like pilates, zumba, kickboxing or even belly dancing to see what floats on your boat!
Exercise has many benefits unrelated to weight. It strengthens your muscles and joints, increases your energy levels, promotes better sleep and reduces stress. Exercising causes the body to release chemicals such as endorphins and dopamine, which naturally improve mood. Ultimately, you should exercise to to feel Well. And the rest will follow.