Fitness Strategies

Keep Exercise Fun and Adventurous

If the Gym Don't Fit, You Must Not Quit!

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Remember playing baseball or soccer as a youngster? Getting together with your friends after school or on a Saturday afternoon and playing for hours at a time? Now what was the point of playing? To get in a good  workout, or just to have fun?

Now think of today. Do you frequently find an excuse not to go to the gym, or just wake up and tell yourself you don’t really need to run today? Could it be that you’re missing some of the fun? That’s right, FUN! Did you forget about having fun with exercise?

Somewhere between constant visits to the overcrowded gym and waking up at 6 a.m. to go walking or running, fun may have taken a backseat. Sadly enough, we probably do not even realize our workouts are lacking the fun we used to enjoy on the ball field when we were younger. Now is a better time than ever to get that feeling back, and start jumping at the chance to workout.

The Spark Diet encourages you to venture out of the gym and made exercise fun again, to be an adventurer!

First off, workouts do not have to consist of just lifting weights or running around the neighborhood. Who says you can’t still play baseball or soccer? There are recreational leagues for all ages and abilities all over the place. Maybe you can get your spouse involved and find a co-ed team. There are plenty of leagues out there too – tennis, basketball, and many more! Keep your eyes peeled and you’re sure to find one to your liking.

A fitness goldmine is the local park. What can you do at the park except walk the dog, you ask? How about hiking, rollerblading, biking, mountain biking, and canoeing to name a few, all of which are great exercise. And instead of being stuck inside a cramped, sweaty gym, you get to enjoy the outdoors!

Of course, you can get very adventurous and go after sports such as kayaking, climbing or cross country skiing. You might not be able to do all of these depending on where you live, but you probably have access to at least one.

Or take advantage of everyday activities you might normally avoid. Some of those chores can also be a great workout. Many dread the first sign of winter because they know it means shoveling the driveway. What a great workout this can be, though, for your arms, legs, your entire body. Same goes for raking leaves. If you get ambitious, you could volunteer to do it for your neighbor too!

These are just a few ideas and examples to get the fun and adventure back in your workout. The key is to find whatever gets you excited and give it a shot!

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Zach Van Hart Zach Van Hart
Zach is a journalist who regularly covers health and exercise topics.

Member Comments

  • Thanks for sharing. - 9/30/2013 6:33:02 AM
  • I agree 100 percent with MILLIFRED. - 6/15/2013 10:26:34 AM
  • Why is it that playing a game can be considered a workout but if gardening is our recreation we are supposed to consider that exercise just a side benefit, not a real workout. I would like to see some of these people who workout at the gym or go running start digging in a garden, lugging around heavy bags of mulch and doing all the bending and stretching involved in planting or harvesting a garden try it and see if they don't get a good workout that includes cardio, strength training, and stretching as well as plenty of fresh air and vitamin D from all that sunshine! - 5/20/2013 10:51:42 AM
  • IMEATINGWELL
    Maybe that's why they call them "WORKouts" not playouts. - 7/8/2011 1:37:06 PM
  • I belly dance. I also teach it. And, I've recently gotten certified to teach Zumba. When I tell people what I do, I always get the same response, "Oh. I'd love to do that!" Well, then why don't you? Life if too short. Make a list of all the things you wanted to do as a kid and just go do 'em. I started belly dancing, and it wasn't long before I tapped into my inner ham and started doing it in front of people. I was hooked. Performing in a local troupe and teaching keeps me young and prevents me from getting lazy. After all, I have troupe members and students counting on me!!! - 3/24/2011 4:56:59 PM
  • DORCASOZEGBE
    this is great. i am going to try one of these, most likely soccer. - 3/24/2011 8:56:03 AM
  • 2 days a weeks I work at a food bank and that is my exercise those days and it is exercise! I always feel I did a great workout plus I am doing something for someone else.

    I try to go to the Y at least 2-3 times a weeks and the other days I will do a on line workout or take a long walk at the mall or at a shopping center. When the weather is warmer I will swim. - 3/23/2011 2:57:02 PM
  • There are things we should not out grow as we age, having fun in a safe, healthy way that builds skills and challanges us is (in my book) one we should never be to grown up for. With work we are told that if we find a job we love we won't work a day in our lives. Same can go for exercise, find a sport or activity you really really enjoy! - 3/23/2011 2:21:56 PM
  • I think that finding a physical activity that we enjoy is one of the *keys* to weight loss, and especially maintenance afterwards. - 3/23/2011 1:54:00 PM
  • Just yesterday, my Group Power instructor was sick and couldn't teach. The instructor who took over wasn't certified in GP. We grabbed some hand weights, warmed up on the step, ran outside around the building, .25 mile, (first day with any sun in weeks in Oregon!!) zipped around cones and basically played follow the leader. It was a great shake up to the system! - 3/23/2011 12:14:13 PM
  • I just started at a gym for the first time, so I am very excited to go and I feel awesome when I'm finished with the circuit of machines the instructor suggested. Yesterday I finished up with 10 minutes on a stationary bike..felt like wonder woman. - 3/23/2011 9:09:14 AM
  • I love my gym. There are always new fun classes; it's not overcrowded, sweaty or noisy and there are tons of equipment I haven't even tried yet. Splitting my exercise time between my gym, my martial arts club, the community pool AND our great outdoors I never get bored. - 9/6/2010 9:33:04 AM
  • I'd like to read the second page, but that blasted ad for Celebrex is covering half of it! I know the ads help keep SparkPeople free,but I should be able to read the articles without having to fight the ads! - 6/17/2010 3:33:03 PM
  • This is going to sound bizarre but........ when I wake up I have tons of energy and used to go to the gym as soon as I got up. Now that I started SP, I've been obsessed and start reading all the articles/emails/i
    nspirational messages, etc. By the time I am done reading and logging in, etc.. the morning is gone and I don't feel like going to the gym since I've blown off the morning. I need to become better disciplined and go back to the old routine of just getting up and going! - 11/10/2009 9:28:37 AM
  • JAY75REY
    At my gym, I enjoy the group classes, especially Zumba, water aerobics and step. These are fun because of the music and comaraderie. (a girl thing since there are no guys in any of these classes!) - 11/7/2009 1:41:32 AM
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