Exercise is like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Or do you? It might just be that you haven’t found the right form of exercise to suit you. Hate running? Then don’t do it? Not a fan of team sports? Why make yourself?
We all know the health benefits of exercise. It will help you to lose weight and become fitter and healthier. Exercise clears the mind and releases dopamine, a natural drug that makes you feel happier and more positive. Exercise helps you sleep better, concentrate more clearly and makes you feel more confident. So why do so many people avoid it?
If memories of having to run cross country races in the pouring rain at school are responsible for your dislike of exercise, it’s time to give it a new spin. Here are some ideas to get you moving more even when it’s the last thing you want to do.
Take it easy
Golf is a wonderfully easy way to get more active. Not only is it a great way to get out in the fresh air, you can combine it with good conversation and a lovely leisurely walk from hole to hole. Make sure you’re kitted out with a decent pair of Puma golf shoes and shine up your clubs and hit the course. Oh yes, and don’t forget the club bar afterwards, for that well-deserved drink to treat yourself with.
Not a team player?
That’s fine. You don’t have to be. Swimming is the perfect activity when you want to up your fitness levels but don’t like the thought of team sports. Swimming is also meditative and gives you time to clear your mind, especially as most pools dim the lights during evening sessions.
Do something different
Exercise doesn’t have to take the shape of the usual things you think of. How about incorporating it into a new hobby? Learning to sail, a spot of canoeing or cycling through the countryside with a flask of tea in a backpack can be fun, leisurely ways of adding activity into your life without the negative connotations that those old PE days are responsible for!
Finding a friend or partner to enjoy your new exercise regime or hobby with can make it much more fun – not to mention competitive! And competition is always good to keep you motivated!
No time to exercise?
Just twenty minutes a day can give your body and mind a significant boost. Make the decision to walk rather than take the car, to get off the bus a stop or two earlier and to take the stairs rather than the lift and you’ll be totting up the minutes in no time.
Have you introduced exercise into your days in a different kind of way? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!