Fun And Pocket-friendly Ways To Get In Shape!
2022 was supposed to be the year you’d start taking care of yourself and get in shape, but save that inspired seventeen-minute jog on New Year’s Day, you’ve barely moved from behind your desk! Well, it’s not exactly your fault that January lasted all three minutes! A lot of us suffer from a lack of motivation when it comes to exercising and the recent pandemic only validated and as a matter of fact, encouraged our urge to stay in pajama bottoms all day and bake banana bread. The key to getting moving is to, first of all, stop viewing exercise as punishment. There are plenty of ways to get in shape and have a great time doing it, that also doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket!
Walk, walk, walk!
Walking is the easiest and arguably the most accessible form of exercise that there is. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and you’re all set! If you’re unable to carve a chunk out of your day to devote it to walking in a park, incorporate it into your day while running errands. Ignore your car keys sitting on the counter when you can help it and delete that food delivery app from your phone. Walk the dog, walk to the store to get that carton of milk, take the stairs instead of the lift, get off the bus early, and take the longer route back home from work. Download a free step-counter mobile app and set daily and weekly step goals.
Hula-hoop your way to health!
Believe it or not, the activity you probably thought belonged in a children’s playground, can be a serious workout! It recruits abdominal, oblique, and upper back muscles and improves stamina, posture, and coordination. You could even try weighted hoops for an extra ab-challenge!
Explore the great outdoors!
Try to find a hill or a jungle near where you live and go on a little trekking adventure. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you could even try your hand at rock climbing! Is there an ocean or a swimming hole near you? Moving your body against the resistance of the water makes swimming a challenging cardiovascular workout, and it’s a refreshing way to stay in shape!
Create a home gym!
Use cans of soup or fill water bottles with sand to make your weights! Re-use old nylon tights to make resistance bands! Another way to stock up your home gym is to look for second-hand weights online. Even a little bit of resistance goes a long way towards strengthening your muscles. There are hundreds of free home workout videos on the Internet. Experiment with different styles like pilates, Zumba, kick-boxing, or even belly dancing to see what floats your boat!
There are numerous non-weight-related benefits to exercise. It makes your muscles and joints stronger, increases energy levels, promotes better sleep, and reduces stress. Working out causes the body to release chemicals such as endorphins and dopamine, which are natural mood-enhancers. The bottom line is, you should exercise to feel good. And the rest will follow.