Working out is a critical part of weight management, and yet some people shudder at the very idea. Really – who wants all the hassle, discomfort and icky sweat that comes with strapping yourself to a treadmill every day?
Well, while it is possible to lose weight through dietary restrictions only, it certainly isn’t optimal. Good health is the important thing when it comes to weight loss, not just fitting into a pair of skinny jeans. Don’t think that eating less means you can sit around more; raising your metabolic rate and achieving good cardiovascular health comes from exercise.
But what if you just hate exercise? Well, you might never get to the point where you’re salivating at the thought of jumping on to a Stairmaster, but there are things you can do that can make getting fit and active a little easier and more enjoyable.
Think about what you really love to do.
If what you really love involves lying on a recliner and watching Law and Order, then maybe working out will be a bit of a struggle for you. But if you love music and love to dance, sign up for a dance class, like Hip-Hop, Salsa, Tango or Swing. Dancing is a fantastically fun and wonderfully social activity. Moreover: Did you know that professional ballroom dancers are some of the fittest athletes in the world? The flexibility from perfecting the different moves combined with the cardiovascular fitness from the interval bursts of energy result in phenomenal cardiovascular health!
Develop a useful skill.
Don’t think about exercise as a slog you have to get through every day – think of it as training. If you view working out on a stationary machine as being a waste of time, start using that time on the stationary bike to get fit for a 5k or marathon. Use it to enhance your fitness for a martial arts class – something that is definitely useful.
Even being able to run great distances is a fantastic resource. You never know when you’ll have to sprint for a bus or a train!
If you want to get in shape while making new friends, think about joining a local sports league team. Plenty of businesses, bars and community centers have sign ups for soccer teams, softball leagues or basketball teams. When you are engaged in a friendly competition, you can work up an intense sweat and not even know you’re doing it because you’re having such a great time!
If you don’t have any local team resources, try to engage your friends and family in a basketball or football game in a nearby park. Even if you don’t play exceptionally well (or even know the rules), you will all be active and having fun.
Exercise certainly doesn’t have to be an ordeal. When you abandon your belief that exercise is a chore, you are better able to see it for what it really is: An opportunity to enjoy life with old friends while making new ones!