While being active is an important part of staying healthy, it isn’t always the easiest to accomplish. It’s much easier to stay on the couch and watch TV. We’re more than a few months into this year already, but there are still some fun ways to be more active this year and leave the couch and TV behind. Some activities are more intense than others, but all of them will do a lot of good for your physical and mental health!
Learn How To Walk
Walking is something that almost everyone has done since they were children, but it’s something that people do less and less of as they get older. People start driving more, spend more time on the couch, and move much less. Walking seems like a funny way to get active, but it’s a great way to get out of your house and do something fun and rewarding. Walking has a lot of health benefits, and you can even lose weight by walking. Some simple 30-minute walks every day can do a lot for your weight, help your heart, and improve your metabolism.
Get Out on the Water
Walking is a great way to get more active, but you should also consider getting out on the water. If you can access a calm lake or another body of water, it may be time to get on a paddleboard. Paddleboarding is a great form of exercise, and like walking, you get to see a lot of what the world has to offer and explore new sights and sounds. However, you must know some essential stand-up paddleboarding safety tips to stay safe when out on the water. You should carry a personal floatation device, dress appropriately, and always bring your phone in case of emergencies.
If getting on a paddleboard is intimidating, you can also get in the water and try some water aerobics. This workout is a great summer exercise that keeps you active while also staying cool. If you want to get active but not go too crazy with it, water aerobics may be the perfect choice for you.
Do Some Dancing
Another fun way to get more active is with some simple dancing. Whether in your room, at the gym, or at a dance club, dancing is a good workout for people of all ages. It’s a great aerobic exercise, and you can make it as fun as you want by choosing your own playlist and dance moves. Another aspect that makes dancing so exciting is the many different forms of dance you can pursue. You can do more freestyle dances or try ballet, tango, hip-hop, or even salsa.
There are many fun ways you can be more active this year, and these are some of the things you can do to get outside and work up a sweat. Getting active and fit will always be a struggle, and it’s easy to say you’ll start it tomorrow or next year. However, nothing’s stopping you from saying the same thing when that time comes. Instead of letting that happen, get active today, and you’ll never look back!
Dianne Pajo is a Certified Personal Trainer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.