Movement is key to health and vitality, we all need to move or at least do something active consistently throughout our lives. Sure the activities will change with time but it is important we find out what we love to do in terms of movement.
A workout can be anything you want it to be from cleaning up the garage and gardening to a good old run or weights session in the gym. They all vary in intensity and provide different health benefits, but most importantly we all have our preferences…..
Your idea of a fun workout or activity may be different to mine, For instance, I grew up playing a lot of sports – Soccer, Tennis, Cycling and was generally an active kid and loved to be outside playing. As I grew older my love for sports remained but I stopped playing them as often and started spending more time lifting weights at the gym, going for runs, and sprints plus more general fitness training. The important thing I realised was that at one point I stopped working out and being active because it was something I really enjoyed but rather as it made me feel good and it was something I felt had to be done. Big mistake…….
It was only recently that it hit home that exercise and workouts had become somewhat of a chore, I was in a routine and not doing things I loved to do to keep active. I think this happens to a lot of us as we grow older, the things we originally did to keep active go out of the window and we workout to keep fit by doing standard workouts……
1. Think of the Ideal Active Lifestyle
Take a moment to sit down and write out a week of your ideal activities if time was no option, for me this would be:
- 2 hour long tennis sessions a week
- 1-2 Weights Circiuts in the gym
- 1 Barefoot Run
- Some Light Stretching and Yoga
- Lots of Walks
Now compare your ideal week of activity to what you are doing presently, I bet it is pretty different….. It is not to say you should aim to emulate the exact ideal scenario but rather to be used as a tool to see what you would really like to be doing. This exercise will allow you to get in touch with what you really want to be doing….
2. Which Activities Do You Enjoy Best
Take a journey back in time and remember back to what you enjoyed doing as a child and even your teenage years, think of all the sports you did and which ones you liked the best. Things like:
- Running/Playing with freinds
- Sports (Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Basketball, Football etc)
Think back to more general activities you enjoyed before you started working out or stopped working out. This should give you a pretty good idea of what you would enjoy doing and can give a template for some activities you can pickup to re-discover your passion for something….
3. Stay Active For the Right Reasons
The healthiest people are active because they want to be and enjoy what they are doing, not because they strive to be fitter or have a leaner body.This is a very important lesson we can all learn from and once you start to re-discover your passion for activities long forgotten good things start to happen – You will use your free time doing things you want to do and you will really enjoy staying active plus you will probably find that the stuff you enjoy doing is out in the open and not in a stuffy gym…
The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling. – Wayne Fields
The only way to stay active and healthy throughout our lives is to find a set of activities we really enjoy and practice them regularly, they need not be strenuous all the time and so long as they get us moving on a regular basis that is fine. You will probably find that happiness increases immensely once you re-disover the activities or sports you enjoy and start practicing them regularly.
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