Alternatives to Exercise
Fitness that Feels like Fun
Did you enjoy jumping rope, swimming, playing tag, or riding your bike as a kid? You probably didn't realize it was exercise because you were having fun. Well, working out can be fun. As long as you're physically active every day, you're getting exercise. Once you know your fitness level, think about lifestyle activities that can help you reach your exercise goals and enjoy it, too.
Gardening, yoga, and walking are simple activities that many people enjoy. They are also good alternatives to traditional exercise. Do not overlook them just because they are easy, or because you enjoy them. If you do any of these gentle exercises regularly, you will improve your overall health.
Got kids? Stroller fitness and other activities with children make sense for busy parents. While many moms are motivated to lose weight gained during pregnancy, stroller fitness and similar programs are great ways for the whole family to build healthy habits. Studies have shown that when parents provide good exercise examples, their kids are more likely to maintain healthy weights and fitness levels throughout their lives. Talk about a win-win situation!
Got older kids? Play around.Playgrounds are not off limits to parents! Start a pickup game of basketball or challenge your kids to some backyard badminton. Before you know it, you have yourself a workout.
Working overtime? You can stay fit even when you are in the office all day. Working in a little exercise at work is smart, and it can be as easy as doing some neck and shoulder stretches at your desk, taking a walk at lunchtime, or stashing a set of handheld weights in your desk - and then using them, of course.
Take a hike, or get back on your bike. Take dance lessons. Try canoeing or kayaking. Whatever you do, keep moving your body to look good, feel good, and be healthy. Want more suggestions? Check with your doctor for specific exercise advice, or ask the fitness expert [link to Courtney's blog] about other activities to keep your exercise habit, and your body, going strong.
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