You’re not alone if you took “sitting at home” quite literally last year. Many of us are out of shape, but summer is the perfect fix. Add exercise back into your life with these 5 tips.
Exercise staves off disease, builds muscle, boosts your memory, and confers remarkable physical and mental health benefits. We all need to exercise, meaning finding ways to make it fun! While the popular narrative may be that Americans, as well as everyone else around the world, had more time to exercise during the global pandemic, the opposite turned out to be true. We need to shake off that rust and re-energize our lives. We must all add exercise this summer.
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Would you believe that the average person is worse off physically than a year ago? Of course you would, so what are you going to do about it? “According to the survey of 3,000 adults, more than half (57%) of people say they’re less fit now as compared to pre-pandemic times,” The Oxford Eagle reports. Thankfully, that can easily be changed by revamping your exercise routine this summer. Here are some of the best tips to do it, five simple changes to add exercise into your life.
Add Exercise With Ease
1. Turn Extra Space Into Workout Space
Sometimes, the biggest obstacle is getting started. That is especially true of Americans who have a long commute to the gym. If that is the case, a simple solution is to eliminate that commute. You don’t need a lot of room to exercise, simply a clear space to move. On average, a 1,800 square home worth $200,000 has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. If you are sharing a home around that size with a romantic partner and one child or family member, that means you have an extra bedroom to convert into a gym. Even with two children filling up your bedrooms, you likely have space in your home for an exercise area.
If you are already using your additional room as a bedroom, guest room, or office, then explore other options. What space is empty or occupied with “junk” and trinkets? You may be able to convert a basement, garage, or attic into an at-home gym. Check out these home gym necessities to get started. Many people even carve out a corner in their bedroom or create a small, functional gym in an outdoor shed. Heck, its summer, so go out on the porch or lawn before it gets hot and exercise!
2. Go On Family Nature Walks
Get outside and explore as a family. This is probably the easiest way to add exercise this summer. Nature walks are free or low-cost. You often just have to pay the price of admission or parking at a local or state park. Many have no fees at all. Parks and nature walks relieve stress, encourage socialization, and motivate people to work out and stick with it.
Turn your nature walk into a bird watching adventure, or other type of game. You are much more likely to stick to an exercise program that is not only good for your health, but also genuinely enjoyable. For many people, that means exploring trails with their family instead of ticking off miles on the treadmill.
3. Learn How to Kayak and Canoe
Lakes, rivers and ponds are everywhere, plus they keep you cool! Over 87 million Americans take part in recreational boating. Join their ranks and establish a new exercise routine by learning how to kayak and/or canoe. Canoeing and kayaking buoy cardiovascular health and increase arm, leg, back, shoulder, and torso strength. In other words, it is a full-body workout, requiring you to use all of the main muscle groups. Plus, you get to explore your area from the water, something most of us never get to do.
4. Start a Garden or Container Garden
Gardening can be a surprisingly effective workout. According to WebMD, tending to a garden by weeding, watering plants, digging, and planting seeds, burns anywhere from 200 to 400 calories per hour. That is amazing! Grow fresh fruits and vegetables in your garden to work on eating a healthy diet, too. The best part is that the fruits of your workout will produce beautiful flowers and foods. If you do not have the space for a traditional garden, then start a container garden instead. Small gardens might not burn as many calories to tend, but they still produce wonderful results.
5. Discover a Family-Friendly Gym Complex
When it comes to bettering your health and exercising regularly, child care can also be a challenge. It may be difficult to set aside time for working out and it can be especially difficult to do it with children. They often get in the way at home, or want to join you. That is where family-friend gyms come in. Find a family-friendly gym in your area by doing a simple Google or voice search on your smartphone. About 51% of smartphone owners find new services and products this way. Then go try it out for a day. Most gyms let you buy a day pass to see how you like their facilities.
These types of gyms give you the flexibility to work out, while providing free or low-cost child care for young children. It takes the stress out of adding exercise, while also providing amazing workout facilities. There are even a number of dog-friendly gyms cropping up all across the nation. Similarly, they will supervise your dog or give them a safe place to play, like a secure dog park, while you work up a sweat.
Want to amp up your exercise goals this summer? Need to add exercise back into your life after a longer than expected hiatus? Think about what’s holding you back and start with the simple things. Find a family-friendly gym, create a workout spade at home, or work up some much-needed motivation by trying new activities that don’t feel like a traditional workout. Choose something you enjoy and embrace the opportunity that is summer. Add exercise back into your life for good!
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