The New Year is just around the corner and those pesky New Year’s resolutions are coming up. Improving fitness is a common resolution, however this can be challenging for people who simply do not enjoy exercise.
Fret not! The current physical activity guidelines for Americans are 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week1, which equate to 30 minutes 5 days a week. This can be broken down further to three 10 minute bouts of activity. Exercise does not necessarily mean an exercise class or gym workout, but anything that requires movement and gets the blood pumping.
Here are some tips for people who are not cut out for the gym routine:
Simply walk! Walking is tolerable for most people, easily accessible and does not incur extra costs other than a decent pair of walking shoes.
Dance! Zumba is a great way to get fit but does requires a class setting. If this still smacks too much of that dreaded exercise, try taking ballroom or swing dancing classes or just turn on your favorite tunes and move to them for 10 minutes.
Gardening. Did you ever think that pulling weeds and planting flowers would fall into the exercise category? Absolutely! It requires movement and can elevate your heart rate, depending on the activity.
Housework. For those of you who don’t mind a little cleaning, here is the perfect opportunity to keep the house visitor friendly. Setting up a schedule that entails more vigorous activities each day (ie: vacuuming, scrubbing) can help you meet some of your daily activity requirements.
Mix it up so you don’t get bored. The body is very adaptable—adding variety to your activities will maximize the benefits.
If you have aches and pains that hinder you from performing activities you would otherwise enjoy doing, consider speaking with your doctor about it – you may benefit from a physical therapy consultation.