Not a gym bunny? That’s OK, but you still have to find ways to workout so you keep your muscle and manage your weight. Not everyone has the drive to be at the gym 5 days a week. However, everyone does need to stay active and fit to reap the benefits of a healthy body and mind. These 4 types of exercise can help you stay fit even if you hate to workout. The key to working out when you hate it? Distract yourself!
This isn’t a new type of exercise. It’s been around for quite some time. It comes and goes depending upon fads but it’s never seems to disappear. I’m not talking about floor Pilates, I am more focused on the type that uses the reformer to distract you (since that’s our theme). While, it’s not cheap to attend these classes, it may be the best way to get moving.
Boxing / Kickboxing
You don’t have to look like her to learn this type of exercise. A pair of gloves, a bag (this is key), and some wrist wraps are all you need. If you don’t have them, your local kickboxing facility will provide them for you until you get your own. The thing that makes this such an addicting way to exercise is the bag. Focusing on hitting and kicking something in different varieties during an hour period is the best way to forget that you are working out. Before you know it, you’re a sweaty mess who just demolished a punching bag, got rid of extra stress, and gained some great endurance and strength!
Group Exercise Classes
Corporate gyms offer great classes to suck you in and keep you coming. Some of the biggest classes right now are “Bodypump” and “Zumba.” Depending upon your abilities and your needs, these 2 classes offer great music and a fun atmosphere to workout in. Convince yourself to try at least one new class a month. By process of elimination, you will find the one you love!
If you used to be athlete but put it to the side and let life get in the way, try going back to your first love. Were you a swimmer, a runner, or an athlete? Programs (and now apps) will help you reignite your flame. “Meetup” allows you to find groups of people who love the same activities as you. Running groups, basketball teams, walking teams and rowing. Whatever your passion, there’s a group that’s meeting somewhere near you. Team sports give you added support and motivation to get you out the door and back into the game of being healthy and fit.
Whatever your passion is for health, find it, cultivate it and make it a priority. You don’t have to be a “gym bunny” to be in shape. You just have to be consistent and motivated to find your niche. If you know someone who hates to workout, send them this little reminded using our links above. You can email it, print it, or even add it to your social media. Spread the love of fitness around and let everyone benefit.