Your doctor says you need to engage in some sort of physical activity. You spend hours on Pinterest just looking at all the exercises you can do. You even go on YouTube to watch instructional videos. But after all these, you still can’t seem to bring yourself to actually do it.
Does this scenario seem familiar to you?
If getting some form of exercise seems like such a huge task for you, then please read on. Perhaps our list of suggestions on how to make physical fitness activities more enjoyable can help you get fit and healthy in no time.
Find Some Fitness Fun
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that physical inactivity is now the fourth leading cause of death around the world. Because of this, there is a prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide. It also affects the general health and wellbeing of people in many countries.
This is why it is very important that people try to engage in the proper amount of physical activity. Studies show that adequate levels and regular practice of physical activities can help in improving cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, as well as improve bone and functional health.
In addition, the right amount of physical activity can also help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, depression, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and various forms of cancers (e.g. breast and colon cancer). Aside from being a fundamental factor in one’s energy balance and weight control, consistent physical activity can also help reduce the risk of falls thus avoiding hip or vertebral fractures.
Sometimes people confuse the term “exercise” with “physical activity”. This is where it can get challenging for some because they think they can only get fit and healthy by doing repetitive sets of jumps, for example. Exercise, in fact, is only a subcategory of physical activity. It refers to the planned or structured way of maintaining or improving one or more components of physical fitness.
Doing even your daily tasks such as walking or doing household chores, as well as engaging in sports and recreation are ways to achieve your goal of being physically active. Doing moderate aerobic activities like these for at least 150 minutes a week (for adults aged 18 to 64) can already help in achieving your fitness goals.
If you want to get a much-needed boost to jumpstart your physical fitness routine, here are some ways that can make it more bearable and fun:
1. Take Classes
One way to enjoy physical activities is to join a fitness class. Enrolling in fitness classes such as Spinning, barre, dance, Pilates, or yoga, can make you feel as if you’re not bearing the weight alone.
You can also get inspired by how your classmates are doing. You can also share notes, tips, and maybe even motivational stories on how they get through every fitness session. Cheer on their progess and they will do the same. Your instructor can also be a valuable mentor who can guide you towards achieving your fitness targets.
2. Join a Club
Much like taking a fitness class, joining a fitness club can also do wonders for you. It can be a specific exercise club such as a boxing club, a tennis club, or some other sports club. You can go to a sports centre where you can comfortably engage in activities like ice skating, softball or baseball, rugby, and other athletic activities.
It can also be a recreational club where you join other people with like interests or hobbies. Recreational clubs that can also serve as your form of physical activity can be in the form of a hiking or mountaineering club, an environmental club that goes on nature walks or clean-up drives, a sculpting or woodwork club, and other similar groups.
Even a cooking club can contribute to your physical activity list as it also requires hours of standing, moving around the kitchen, or carrying kitchen tools or equipment. Just be careful not to overindulge in the outcome!
3. Get Fit With Friends
You can also get fit while having fun with friends. Engage in physical activities together such as playing a wet and wild hour of paintball. Maybe you can also round up your best buds by shooting some hoops. When you have time, why not go to the beach and play an exciting round of beach tennis or volleyball?
You can also plan to work out together. You can jog in the park with friends, do some serious walking around the mall, or volunteer at your local shelter or community center by helping with chores, painting, or building something.
4. Have a Family Outing
Getting some physical activity can also be made more fun with the family.
Just running around chasing a rambunctious toddler can burn some calories. How much more exercise can you get if you take time to play outside? Bring the kids outdoors while you play at the park with them. You can also play games like tag or relay races while out on a picnic.
You also invite your family members to get fit even while on vacation. You can go on relay laps in the pool or play “bring me” games while camping. Whatever it is you think that will get them to move their bodies and expend energy can help in improving their physical fitness, too.
5. Alone Time Can Also Be Good
Using exercise as a time to focus on yourself and spending time alone can still be enjoyable.
Try making your physical activities more interesting by picturing that you are doing it in a place that you like. For example, if you’re not a fan of doing Pilates but you love the beach, you can visualize yourself doing your Pilates workout at the beach.
You can also listen to music while gardening or watch your favorite TV show while running on the treadmill. You can also squeeze in some exercise while you walk the dog or clean your pet’s cage, accessories, or area.
Make a Conscious Choice
Whether you do it alone, with a group of friends, family or acquaintances, engaging in physical fitness activities can be more fun when you choose to believe that it is so. Sometimes, the answer lies within yourself. It is your own personal choice whether you want to think doing physical activities are boring or you can choose to think it is worthwhile.
In the end, you are the only person who can convince yourself that these activities are something that you will benefit from.
Possessing more than two decades of experience in the leisure and hospitality industry, Tony Kouris joined Zayed Sports City as General Manager in January 2018. With extensive career experience, a value on interpersonal relationships, and strong negotiating experience, he is positioned to support Zayed Sports City’s strategic growth and continue to innovate the site as an internationally recognised sport and entertainment destination.