With work and other obligations demanding our time, it can be challenging to find activities that keep us active. Below is a list of ideas to inspire the reintroduction of fitness into your daily life. Tailor your exercise to your interest as movement is meant to be enjoyed!
So let’s get up and move!
Stretching helps maintain flexibility while also releasing muscle tension from lack of movement. It is also great before and after workouts to keep the body lose and ready for a days work.
Kickboxing is a great full body workout that incorporates cardio condition that engages every muscle group in the body. Strongly focused on core strength this workout helps cultivate agility, stamina, flexibility, balance, and coordination.
Yoga is a wonderful practice to strengthen body, mind, and soul. Although there are many different practices, yoga is widely known to help increase flexibility and muscle strength, improve respiration, maintain balance, and restore energy.
High Intensity Interval Training involves short workouts comprised of exercises done with quick burst of energy and short resting periods. Typically lasting no more than 30 minutes this type of conditioning is great for burning energy which burns more calories and fat.
Tai Chi is a great way to balance the mind body connection. This ancient Chinese Martial art is great for defense training, meditation, and many health benefits. Although a gentle workout, Tai Chi will strengthen the body and clear the mind.
Often thought to only build muscle, weight lifting is great to aid with improving posture, gaining bone density, boosting metabolism, lowering inflammation, and even enhancing sleep. Adding 2-3 days of lifting to a workout routine is a great way to see added benefits.
Go for a Run
Running is a great cardio workout that is known to strengthen lungs, relieve stress, build endurance, and provide many other health benefits. Easy and accessible, running can be done anytime and anywhere. Hop on a treadmill or take a run outside and see the benefits unfold.
Take a Hike
Hiking is a great way to get outside and be active. Walking along easy to challenging paths while surrounded by nature is a wonderful way to stay active while getting a dose of vitamin D.
Play a Team Sport
Participating in a team sport is a great way to stay active and build relationships with teammates. Having already set practice times and other team members can greatly help with accountability and long term success.
Join a Gym
Joining a gym is a great way to commit to incorporating fitness into daily life. Many gyms also offer group classes which can be great to build camaraderie and accountability.
Ride a Bike
Working to build endurance, biking provides a great cardio workout. Known to improve joint mobility, strengthen bones, and decrease stress, riding a bike has many health benefits. Stay on flat paths for a great lower body workout, or hit the mountains for full body action engaging the upper body and core.