Lots of people will mention their workout routines and feel satisfied that they’re doing what they’re supposed to do but then you look at their lifestyle and it’s not active at all apart from the workout they do three times a week.
Now don’t get me wrong, that’s better than nothing but over the years I’ve found a great substitute for the usual gatherings around a table to catch up or have fun. How about other activities in your week to increase your activity and fun?
I try to find new ways to get out and experience life such as geocaching, cycling, hiking, cross country skiing, and dancing to name a few. We’ve even joined a hiking group to get outside and meet new people with like interests. This has led to dragonboat paddling and even a rafting adventure. Some of my best memories are of trips where we’ve taken the family or friends for a long walk outdoors, horseback riding or dancing. I even try to get active with my kids and we’ve had fun with laser tag, paintball and our latest discovery…trampoline jumping.
Exercise in any form is great for your body and if you’re changing your eating habits you might find it difficult to eat healthy if the same usual temptations are around the table at social gatherings. Why not try to suggest an outing at a local conservation area or gathering some nieces and nephews for a fun game of laser tag. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you have in the process. If that’s not feasible during the holiday season how about suggesting a brisk walk after a meal? You might not get everyone involved but usually some is bursting at the seams and will join you.
Most of all don’t be afraid to have fun. My first trampoline visit was fun and I was so happy to be jumping around so I asked my son to take some pictures. It was great to have fun and to get some extra exercise snuck into the process.