We are passionate about getting fit and staying fit. It is an important aspect of living well. Today we want to share 30 ideas to stay inspired and help you get fit for your best life. Many of these ideas come from our own daily fitness practice and yet some of these ideas are on the list for us to do. The message today is simply that it is important to move more and move well. Be sure to share any ideas, comments or questions below.
Are you having a hard time staying inspired on your journey to get fit? The good news is, there are are number of small things you can do each and every day to help keep you in motion and off your couch. And if you practice the full thirty ideas, you’ll likely be pleased with how much you will have achieved in a short period of time.
Stay Inspired – 3o Ideas to Help You Get Fit
Walk to Dinner
Although Uber EATS or Post Mates may be very convenient, take a night to put your phone down and walk to get dinner at a restaurant nearby instead. You could even make it an adventure by eating your dinner as a picnic in a park on your way back.
Take A Walk After Dinner
After you finish eating, have the entire family take a walk around the block or neighborhood with you instead of parking yourselves in front of the TV. You’ll likely have fun, and this will help your food digest as well.
Swap Your Netflix Binge for A Hike
Switch up your Saturday by planning a hike somewhere nearby instead of spending it on your couch binging on the latest Netflix series. Invite a friend or consider taking your furry companion with you on the outing as well.
Take The Dog for An Extra Walk
Chances are that your dog is always down for more exercise. So why not treat him and take him for an extra walk just for fun? You could also take your furry companion to the dog park for a fun evening of socialization for him—and likely for you as well.
Enroll In A Yoga Class
Lots of yoga studios offer evening classes, and a number of them will offer specials for new students, so drop into your local yoga studio one day after work and try your hand at some stretching and strengthening exercises.
Plant A Garden
Not only are gardens beautiful, but they also help keep you active and help you move well. Even if you only have a small area, consider planting a few plants or flowers to keep you busy. Then don’t forget to check up on them on a frequent, or even daily basis.
Rearrange the Furniture
How long has it been since your furniture has been rearranged? Probably awhile. Take this opportunity to get off the couch and move it somewhere else. Who knows, you might like the view better from another angle anyways.
Listen to Audio Books While on The Treadmill
Use your treadmill time for learning by listening to audio books or podcasts. This can definitely be inspiring if you choose to listen to ideas that lift you up and help you grow personally.
Do The Yard Work You’ve Been Putting Off
If your lawn needs to be mowed, raked, or the weeds need pulled, it’s time to stop putting it off and do it! Yard work will not only get your heart pumping, but it will also help your yard to look better as well. If you live in an area with lots of snow, during the next snow fall get out and shovel your walk, and maybe even a neighbors walk as well!
Window Shop at The Mall
Stop online shopping and instead head to the mall next time you have something you need to buy. Then instead of making a beeline for your favorite store, take the time to walk around the whole mall and step in a few different, maybe even new, stores. You might just find a hidden gem you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.
Play Frisbee in The Park
Whether you have kids or a dog, frisbee in the park can be an easy sell. Or if you have friends who want to meet up for an afternoon lunch, see if they’d rather play a little frisbee instead!
Take A Dance Class
This is one of my favourite ideas. Is there a ballroom dance you’ve always wanted to learn? Or have you thought about maybe trying Zumba? Now’s the time. Look around for a local teacher or studio which offers the dance you want to learn and give it a shot! Dancing is a wonderful form of exercise; it is always great for the brain to learn something new and well dancing is a lot of fun.
Water Balloon Battle
If it’s warm enough, consider a water balloon battle on the front lawn. You’ll get your heart going and have lots of competitive fun while you’re at it!
Jump Some Rope
Grab that old jump rope you have laying around in the garage and begin jumping rope for a few minutes. Harder than you thought right? If you don’t have a jump rope, a hula hoop can be fun as well.
Orienteering, if you haven’t heard of it, is the sport of navigation, and it’s easy to get started in as all you need is a compass! Lots of places have orienteering groups you can join, or you can also download an orienteering guide online to get you started.
“Orienteering is the sport of navigation, using a highly detailed map. Whether you’re an experienced hiker, competitive runner, or just a family or group out for an activity in a park, this sport helps you improve your navigation each time.” (Learn more https://orienteeringusa.org/explore/what-is-orienteering/ )
Deep Clean Your House
Did you know deep cleaning your house helps burn calories? Well, it’s does! So instead of saying you’ll get to it tomorrow, consider deep cleaning something such as your fridge, or maybe even the garage today instead of hanging out on the couch.
Have An Active Game Night
Host a new version of game night where you play only active games. Charades and Twister are both good options, but don’t be afraid to host a different, more active, version of your favorite game.
For example, you could play Settlers of Catan but before a person can build a settlement, they have to do 5 jumping jacks or 5 push-ups—whatever you can think of, sky is the limit!
Go For A Bike Ride
This is another activity which is good for the whole family. Have everyone grab their bikes for a ride around the block after dinner or consider biking somewhere for a special afternoon or after dinner treat.
Take Your Children to The Park or Playground
If you’re having a challenge getting off the couch and moving more, your kids probably are too! Instead of spending Saturday in front of the TV, consider an outing to the park or playground. Maybe see if your kids have any friends who want to join as well.
Rent A Canoe or Kayak For The Afternoon
Now this one only works if you live near a body of water such as a lake but consider seeing about the cost to rent a canoe or kayak for the afternoon. A number of places charge really affordable hourly rates, and this is another activity which can be fun for the whole family (or as a date idea!). And if you’ve never canoed before, it is quite the adventure in teamwork!
Embark on A Stargazing Adventure
If you live in the city, it’s likely you never truly get to see the stars without the interference of the light from the nearby buildings. So, when it gets dark, take a drive to somewhere just outside of civilization and take some time enjoying the stars.
Download a stargazing app before you go and make it a game to see who can walk around and find the most constellations.
Take A Photography Walk
Grab your phone or camera and head for a walk with the intention of taking pictures. You can look up a specific photo scavenger hunt from online (https://www.scavengerhunt.com/discover/photo-scavenger-hunt/ ), or just see what you can find which looks interesting.
Head to a park and take pictures of flowers and birds that you may see or take some pictures of buildings in your town from a new perspective, who knows, you could end up in the next issue of National Geographic.
Walk Around Somewhere in Town You Haven’t Been Before
Lots of people live in a city of which they’ve only explored part of. Make it a point to go somewhere in your town that you haven’t checked out before and spend some time walking around in that area. You never know what you may find!
Make Commercial Breaks High Intensity Work Outs
If there is something you must absolutely watch on TV, make your commercial breaks 4-minute-high intensity work outs. You can come up with these yourself, or look up examples online, but either way you should be pushing yourself to your physical limits on these commercial breaks and only resting when your show is on. We use and recommend Turbulence Training 2.0 - https://bit.ly/3g78Hqc
Make Your Phone Calls Active
Walking outdoors will help improve your brain power and definitely helps you to move your body well. Walking in the morning is best and not only does it feel good, but it helps with your sleep at night and that helps with your brain power.
So, instead of sitting on the couch while you talk on the phone, head outside for a nature walk, walk on the treadmill, or lift a few light weights with the hand that isn’t holding the phone. No matter what you decide on, make the commitment to transform your phone calls into time which you spend being active.
Do Lunges While You Wait For Your Food To Cook
We believe cooking your meals with real food in your own kitchen is one of the best practices you can be in to live your best life. Instead of standing there waiting for the water to boil or a microwaved cooked meal learn to make your own real food and consider doing lunges around the kitchen or squats by the counter while the food is in the oven!
You can even challenge yourself and see how long you can do jumping jacks, or maybe even slip in one of those 4-minute-high intensity workouts you used for your commercial breaks https://bit.ly/3g78Hqc .
Build An Obstacle Course
Build yourself an obstacle course of things to jump over, roll under, and weave in between. This will be something which is a workout, but much more fun than running. You can do this indoors or outdoors, whichever is easiest in your climate. And if you have kids, you can always play the floor is lava, which is basically the same concept.
Build New Furniture Or Decorations
Do you have that one part of your house you’ve always wanted to switch up? Now’s the time. Build that new shelf or side table. Or look up some ideas on Pinterest and then try constructing your own decorations. Then you’ll not only have left the couch, but you’ll also have a fresh look to your home.
Dance While You Do Chores
Nobody likes doing chores, but you can make them more fun by cranking up the tunes and making it an all-out dance party! And if you have kids, this plan could make them more willing to do chores in the first place.
Help A Neighbor with Their Yard Or Pet
Now that you’ve been practicing moving well and getting fit, it’s time to consider helping an elderly neighbor who may not be physically able to get off their couch. Offer to do yard work or walk their dog who may often cooped up inside. Sometimes even just asking if they need assistance with basic household chores can be a huge help.
Although it may seem difficult to get up off the couch and get moving, chances are you will have fun when you do. So, stop delaying and start practicing today!
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Walking outdoors will help improve your brain power and definitely helps reduce stress. Walking in the morning is best and not only does it feel good, but it helps with your sleep at night and that helps with your brain power.
“Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility,” she says, especially when you're going for a stroll through some greenery or soaking in a bit of sunlight. This can be particularly helpful during the colder months when seasonal depression spikes. (source: Here- https://www.geelongmedicalgroup.com.au/2018/11/7-incredible-health-benefits-of-walking-30-minutes-a-day )
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