If you’re dreading to have to go get your workout in every day, then don’t. No, I’m not suggestion you give up on getting or staying in shape and turning into a couch potato. What I am suggesting is that you change things up and stop thinking of it as working out. Instead, think of it as playing. And playing to stay in shape can take many different forms.
Make Walking Fun
If you’re getting tired of your daily walk, consider taking someone along with you. It’s a nice way to break up the routine and have someone to talk to while you walk.
Another good option is to download an audiobook or your favorite podcasts and listen to them while you walk. It will make the time go by much faster and you’ll do something else you enjoy while you walk.
I find this a great way to listen to podcasts on my favourite topics or catch-up on the latest in my area of expertise.
Join A Team Sport
There’s a reason they call it playing a team sport. Think about what you like to do and find a team around there. Think netball, softball, volleyball and the likes. Or how about tennis or golf? Join a bowling league or give pickleball a try.
Not only will you get a great workout, you’ll also get to hang out with a fun group of people that love to play and make working out a lot more enjoyable.
Try A Few Workout Classes
If you’re a member of a gym or the “Y”, consider taking a few different workout classes. The goal is again to find something you enjoy that feels more like playing than working out. Who knows, it could be the yoga class you haven’t tried, or maybe you find your love for belly dancing.
If you don’t want to join a gym, rent a few different workout videos and see what’s fun. Once you have that figured out, you can either stick with the workout DVDs, or look for a local class that’s similar.
Go For A Hike Or A Bike Ride
The weekends are the perfect time to take your workouts to the great outdoors. Get the family together and go for a hike or a long bike ride. You can fit a whole lot of working out into one of these outings and spend quality time with your loved ones at the same time. Of course the added benefit is beautiful scenery and plenty of sunshine and fresh air.
Splash Around In The Water
Let’s not forget about playing in the water. Who doesn’t like to splash around? Look for a local pool, a lake or if you’re lucky enough to live close to the beach head out for a swim in the ocean. Swimming itself is a great low impact workout, but it doesn’t stop there. Check out the water aerobics classes at your local pool and see if that’s a fun way for you to get in your cardio and strength training.