5 Ways to Exercise Without Even Noticing
I sat in the parking lot, absolutely terrified.
My palms were sweaty, my heart was racing, my brain was going crazy. After ten minutes, I finally mustered up my 20 seconds of courage, yelled at myself, got out of the car, and walked through the double doors.
I was getting ready to try something I had always wanted to do but had been too scared. Afterall, I dance like Elaine from Seinfeld. So it took a lot but I finally attended my first Zumba class.
An hour later, I left a sweaty mess…a sweaty mess with a giant smile on my face.
Let’s talk about exercise that’s so fun you forgot you were working out.
If you don’t like lifting weights in a gym, don’t do it. If you don’t like running, don’t do it. I have never run more than a 10k in my life and have zero plans to ever run again.
So, we need to find a way to exercise every day because it KEEPS US THINKING HEALTHY, which leads to other healthier decisions made throughout the day (where the real big wins are). Physical fitness doesn't have to be miserable, after all.
Here are my favorite ways to exercise that don’t feel like exercise:
2. Walking – Go for a walk. Even a 15-minute brisk walk is enough time to derive significant benefits. Do you have a 30-minute meeting at work? Have a walking meeting instead. Steve Jobs was famous for his walking meetings.
3. An Inflatable Stand-Up Powerboard - available from Amazon.
Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle-board
Atlantis Paddle Boards SUP Inflatable Paddle Board to be exact. It's an oversized mat meant for two people and yoga. People even bring their dogs with them.
It comes with everything you need - pump, backpack for carrying, even the paddle and an ankle strap, all for only $499.97.
Hey, did I mention that we moved from Colorado to Florida in March? I figured I’d better jump right in and find something fun to do --
4. Yoga – Build flexibility, strength, and learn to freaking relax. There are million kinds of yoga, so sign up for a few different kinds and see which one lines up the best with what you’re looking for.
My favorite is to combine a yoga class with the great outdoors and here in Sarasota we have Ava, who leads us through classes on M, W, F, Sa through the season. To learn more, click here.
5. Pilates - Easiest way to exercise, hands down. Developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who was in forced internment in England at the outbreak of World War I.
While in confinement, Pilates developed a machine called the Reformer.
Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body.. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.
Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner's specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the person gains strength and more skill.