5 Ways to Make Exercise More FUN

  1. Go Outside! Not only will you get that vitamin D boost you’ve been needing from the sunlight, the fresh air will invigorate you and if you live in a city, the other runners passing by will motivate you.
  2. Exercise in nature. Taking a hike, climbing rocks and boulders, or swimming in a lake or river give us much more than exercise alone. We live so separate from nature these days and being in nature can center and ground us. Besides the healthy bacteria that live in dirt can actually be beneficial to us. Seriously! You don’t have to go far, a nearby park will suffice to reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit.
  3. Do it with a group. Friends motivate us when we don’t want to do anything. Group exercise classes are a great option too to keep you moving. You vibe on the energy in the room. You don’t necessarily need to join a gym. Check out your local meetup.com groups.
  4. Dance! Dancing not only burns calories, it releases endorphins which can prolong your life by making you healthier and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
  5. Sign up for a race. It doesn’t have to be 26.2 mile marathon. Even signing up for a 5 K can get you motivated to start an exercise routine. Just having the goal to work towards is key. Check out the couch to 5K program, which is great for folks who have never exercised before: http://www.c25k.com/

If you do not exercise regularly, please consult a physician before trying any of the above activities. Accessing this site means you agree to the disclaimer that can be read here.

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