Hi there! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today I am going to talk a little bit about fitting in physical activity. The idea for this post was triggered from my hiking experience this weekend!
Okay, so everyone knows that regular physical activity is good for us! But, I think a lot of people still have the misconception that physical activity has to be one certain thing such as running on the treadmill in a gym. I have friends, coworkers, patients and family members tell me how much they hate exercising all the time. My response is always “why don’t you pick an activity that you enjoy doing instead of whatever it is you hate??!”. The more we participate in activities that we truly enjoy, the more we will truly enjoy exercising. And, one very important benefit of exercise is the positive effect it can have on mood and mental health. :)
This weekend my husband and I went on a hike. The weather was perfect, and the scenery was beautiful. Our hike ended up being about 2.5 hours long. I was definitely feeling the burn in my legs by the end of it. My husband hikes all the time, but I am not an avid hiker. So, hiking isn’t at the top of my list of ways to fit in regular activity. But, I really enjoyed it! And, I definitely want to start doing it more often. It felt good to get outside and be active without really thinking of it as “exercise”.
I am a very routine driven person. One part of my weekly routine is to attend a group fitness class on Saturday mornings (which I love)! But, I am so glad that I took the opportunity to enjoy a different type of activity this weekend.
This week, try to challenge yourself to get out and try a new activity. If you are not currently enjoying the activities you are participating in, find something totally different. It’s a bonus if you can do it while spending time with friends and family!
Here are a few ideas:
1. Hiking (bet you didn’t see that coming)
2. Dance classes
3. Walks with friends
5. Group fitness classes
Let me know what activities you have tried! Have a great week!