If you’re reading this article because you’re interested in getting into shape, we applaud your goal! Regular exercise is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves – the benefits you’ll experience in terms of both your physical health and your mental health can be tremendous. You’ll likely notice an increase in your energy level, your physical stamina, and you’ll probably find that you’re in a better position to manage stress. So, that being said, what sorts of activities will you enjoy the most? Enjoying your workout routine increases the likelihood that you’ll stick with it.
You may want to enlist in the help of an exercise buddy, someone who will work out with you and help you stay motivated. Would any of your friends be interested in joining the gym with you or going for regular walks around the neighborhood? You may find that, once the two of you get to talking, you might even forget that you’re working out! And on those days where you’re tempted to just skip your exercise session, your friend can hold you accountable. Working out in a gym or taking a new exercise class can sometimes feel intimidating, but with a friend along, it may make it easier for you!
What sorts of activities do you enjoy engaging in? You may already enjoy physical activity, and if so, it’ll just be a matter of making the time for it in your schedule. But if the idea of a long run or activities like that doesn’t exactly appeal to you, now is your chance to get creative! If you enjoy dancing, commit to going out dancing once or twice a week with your friends. What about golf? Skip the golf cart and walk the course! Is swimming your thing? What about hiking? If you liked sports when you were younger, your local community center would have information about any community sports teams in your area. If you put your mind to it, you’ll be able to find at least one activity that would appeal to you. If you’re a big fan of music, listening to music while you work out might help you stay motivated to continue.
If you have a dog, that’s a built in reason to exercise! Grab your pooch and take her for a long walk or run, or hit the mountains and go hiking! Regular exercise will make you start to feel better, and will result in a better behaved dog. A tired dog is a happy dog! If you love dogs and also love giving back to those less fortunate than you, volunteer at your local pound or dog rescue as a dog walker several times a week.
Making the decision to get into shape is a laudable one – our physical health can affect virtually every aspect of our well being, from how well we sleep at night to how successfully we manage stress. Just thirty minutes or so of regular exercise several times a week can have a big, big benefit!