Exercise, either you love it or you hate it. Or maybe, if you’re someone like me, you have a love-hate relationship with it.
There’s no denying exercise makes you feel good (at least most of the time). It gives you endorphins, which make you feel great, and it helps to keep your body and mind in tip-top shape.
However, exercise isn’t always fun. In fact, it’s often brutal. Who really wants to go run for an hour or lift heavy weights over and over again?
And, because exercise can feel like such a chore, many of us decide to skip it in order to do things we enjoy (like sitting on the couch and watch Netflix for hours).
But, despite it being easy to turn down an opportunity to exercise we all know it’s incredibly important.
So, if you’re someone who isn’t necessarily counting down the moments until it’s time to head to the gym, here are some ways to get exercise into your daily routine.
Turn on the Music
Make it a habit to turn on your favorite song when you wake up in the morning and just dance. Trust us, this may seem weird, but it will make you feel good and it’s a quick and easy way to get in a little cardio.
Plus, one song often turns into two songs, and sooner than later you’ll realize you’ve been dancing for 15 or 20 minutes.
Go For a Walk
We often think that in order to get in a good workout we have to push our bodies to the brink, but the truth is we just need to move.
Instead of stressing yourself out about running a certain number of miles or burning hundreds of calories, put on your favorite podcast or music, and just go for a walk.
Don’t worry about the distance or how fast you’re going, and instead take the time to enjoy being outside.
Join a Team
Maybe sports isn’t necessarily your cup of tea, but joining a rec team could be a great opportunity to not only make new friends but also get in a little exercise.
Whether you’re into soccer, volleyball, kickball, or softball, there are so many rec leagues out there that will keep you moving and force you to be social. Win, win!
Bike Around Town
If you have a bike or have access to renting a bike, take the opportunity to ride it around your neighborhood, into town, or even to work (if it’s not too far away).
Biking is a great form of exercise, but it’s also not too hard on the body and it’s also great for the environment.