Exercise outdoors…?

How did going to the gym become such a chore?

Why is it so hard to actually want to go? After all, you’re in a world of eye-watering odors, sweaty people frowning in concentration and rarely talking to each other, mind-numbing routine, blisters and heavy machinery, while clanging metal and bad music assault your ears.
Sounds more like a steel foundry than a gym.I mean, just take a look at the word: WORK-out. No room for fun there.
Or is there? If you want to see how much fun exercise can be, go to a different kind of gym – a jungle gym. There you’ll see children chasing each other at full speed, swinging, jumping, throwing balls, finding energy they never knew they had. And you’ll never hear them complain about going to the “gym.” But they will complain about being called in during lightning storms because they want to keep playing kickball.  

 
What’s the secret? They’re exercising and they don’t even know it. They’re having so much fun, they don’t care. It’s like hidden health.
Imagine having that kind of enthusiasm when you exercise. You can. All it takes is remembering to stay active and to have FUN.   

There’s nothing wrong with workouts. You can get great results at the gym. You can get even better results by staying active while you’re not at the gym. And even going to the gym can seem less like work if you follow some of these fun strategies.
 
Embrace the Great Outdoors
Ever wonder why they’re called the Departments of Parks and Recreation? It’s because they provide places for people to have outdoor fun. You can’t help but be active and play while in a place of recreation.
Regular exercise is about staying active. Finding excuses to stay on your feet. The great outdoors are full of these excuses. The more you mix up your activities, the more fun you’re going to have while getting fit. These outdoor activity options have something for everyone:  

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Rollerblading
  • Mountain Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Biking
  • Skiing
  • Waterskiing
  • Rafting
  • Walking
  • Climbing
  • Jogging
  • Backpacking
  • Walking the dog

People spend thousands of pounds and days of travel to take a vacation and do some of these same activities. You could be doing them every day for free or next to nothing and they will make a difference. You get an extra exercise bonus when you share the fun. Bringing someone along makes all the difference. Sharing these activities with another person or group multiplies the fun and can actually boost your results.
 
Play Games and Sports
Growing up, most sports were large, organised affairs with schedules, rules and trophies. And tons of equipment and practice. Only the most gifted got to play and it all seemed so difficult and intimidating.
Now that you’re grown up, sports don’t have to be that way. Many sports, such as basketball, are great anaerobic activities that anyone can play. You just need a ball and an opponent.
A good place to start is by playing individual sports such as tennis, racquetball or squash. It’s easier to organise one-on-one competitions and easier to schedule. This is important when you’re trying to stay consistent. If you find one regular partner – just one – you’ve gone a long way to reaching exercise consistency and having fun while doing it.
Even though you’re a (so-called) adult now, don’t forget about children’s games. Kids can come up with the most inventive, active, crazily cool games around. Why should they have all the fun? Join in! You can worry about what other people think about you playing Beanbag Tag while they’re stuck on the treadmill.
Sunshine, fresh air, clear breezes, the smells of nature…. awful, awful drudgery.
 

 

It’s ironic, then, when people seem to really try pretty hard to stay inactive. Think about it. You had to put in several hours at work to earn money that bought that leaf blower, just so you wouldn’t have to go through the “torture” of using a £5 rake.
Self-powered garden work can be an incredible source of fun, relaxing exercise. It might in fact be a time saver too, if you can use it to offset some gym time.
 So the sunshine has started to make an appearance…get out there guys and do it!

 

Rachel Benton & Associates

Personal Training

Bedford, UK

info@rachelbenton.co.uk

www.rachelbenton.co.uk

 

 

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    1. So true Rachel, I wish more people would recognise that the gym is not the only place to exercise and it probably puts off a lot of people before they start. Fun in the sun is where it’s at!

      • Hey Eva,

        Thanks for your comment. You know I think everyone likes a bit of exercise outdoors…they just don`t know it! In fact promoting it as a good laugh in the park rather than exercise might help I reckon.

        Hope all is going well with your gym studies.

        R

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