We all know exercise is good for us. We’re told again and again it leads to a better mood, a longer lifespan, a better quality of life, and so on. But no matter how many facts about working out are drilled into our brains, it can still be difficult to get in those weekly fitness hours. Exercising can be even more difficult for those who do not have a gym membership or do not like working out at the gym. Luckily, summer is the best time to find alternative ways to exercise that are enjoyable and convenient for you.
Exercising can be as fun as anything else if you take activities you really enjoy and turn them into a workout with the intensity of your choice. In the summer especially, I love going on walks around the Capitol or in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. It’s a fun way for me to exercise and a great excuse to people-watch downtown. Do you enjoy tending to your garden, dancing, or doing yoga? All of these activities and many more are great ways to keep your body healthy and strong.
- Gardening: Working in the garden not only provides fresh produce for you and your family, but can also be a very effective workout if done properly. From raking to pruning, you can adjust the activity level every time you do it. Staying in the garden for 30 to 60 minutes is a good way to pace yourself, and getting your children involved will promote healthy habits for a lifetime.
- Dancing: Whether you prefer signing up for a dance class or simply dancing to music with your children, dance is a fun way to get moving. To turn up the impact a notch, try doing Zumba, a popular Latin dance workout. It burns calories, lowers your blood pressure and body fat, and is a great way to let loose!
- Yoga: In the vast world of fitness, yoga is a jack of all trades. Not only does it help with flexibility, balance, and strength, but also helps reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga can be for just about everyone because there are so many different kinds and benefits. Your experience depends on what you are looking for, as it can be used as a high intensity workout with constant movement or a meditation with poses that are held for long periods of time. Find a yoga studio near you!