Do you hate exercising and trying to squeeze in workout routines?
For overall cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week.
If you dread working out, you will probably find it impossible to exercise that much each week, despite it being so minimal. People hear the words exercise routine and immediately think one of the following things:
- I really need to exercise but I hate cardio or _X_.
- How am I ever going to find time to exercise?
- I can’t afford a gym membership.
- I can’t do this.
- My kids interfere with my ability to exercise. (My personal excuse).
- I love exercising!
- By all means, please continue with your desired routine! Cardio and other forms of planned exercise are extremely beneficial for your health. I absolutely LOVE yoga and weight lifting. This post is for those who cannot stand to follow an exercise routine or workout plan. 🙂
Lead an active lifestyle
If you constantly make plans to exercise and then fail, just skip the exercise routine all together. One of my biggest pet peeves is hearing people complain about how they need to lose weight through dieting and exercise. They make grand plans and quit after a day or week. Spare yourself the pain and skip the structured exercise plan all together. Instead of saying you can’t exercise, try a new way to approach it.
Fill your day with pleasurable activities that force you to stay active. Don’t just sit on the computer or watch TV all day. Get up and do something that makes you happy and active! It’s truly easy once you break out of your old habits that force you to be lazy. Once you are used to moving around and staying active, you will probably find it easier to do that crazy workout routine you have desired to accomplish.
Create obligations that encouragement movement
Preferably, you want these obligations to be ones that you enjoy the majority of the time.
- We adopted a dog. Dogs force you to get up and go outside. If you’re an excellent dog parent, you will take your dog on walks or play fetch with him in the yard.
- We plan to raise chickens in the Spring and maybe some other animals. You would think my daughter would be happy about having cats and a dog, but she is adamant about getting a goat as well. She’s been talking about it for over a year and she’s only three… Nonetheless, raising animals force you to stay active.
- We heat our home with wood. This requires constant movement throughout the year because we have to split wood in the spring and haul it from the barn to our basement all winter long. It takes a lot of hard work and gets your heart pumping, but it’s enjoyable. If we want to stay warm, we have to continuously go downstairs and toss wood into the furnace.
- Grow your own food. There is a huge trend to learn where your food comes from and eat locally. You have no choice but to eat for survival. Why not grow your own food and get outdoors? Read my daydream of becoming a farmer.
- Our kids’ bedrooms are upstairs. This is a very simple way to expend energy because I carry my baby up and down the stairs all day long. It can get tiring… and that is a good thing!
Pursue outdoor hobbies
We decided to buy a house on land in order to pursue the many outdoor hobbies that we have been wanting to do for years. My husband and I enjoy physical labor. It feels good to work outside and accomplish things. Our goal is to work towards becoming as self reliant as possible. I like to say that we are working on creating our own homestead. 🙂
What are your outdoor hobbies? If you find something to entertain yourself outside, chances are you will be moving around. (Tanning or lounging around the pool with a cocktail do NOT count as a hobby! ;)) Find hobbies that require you to physically move your body and start pursuing them! If you have children, share the journey with them. My daughter LOVES gardening and running around with the dog.
Quick Idea List:
- Sports: basketball, soccer, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, etc.
- Water Sports
- Hiking & Backpacking
- Outdoor Photography
- Metal Detecting
- Baton Twirling?
- Ghost Hunting??
It is always refreshing to go outside and capture the sun’s warm rays on your skin. That alone is a great benefit to stay healthy and absorb the sun’s nutrients. Humans are just not meant to stay cooped up indoors 24/7.
So get outside and live life to its fullest! This way you can skip your exercise routines and stay healthy. <3