10 Ways to Stay Active without Hitting the Gym!

You know you should be getting some sort of exercise, you know of all the health benefits that come with a more active lifestyle. You’ve tried the whole going-to-the-gym thing, but it just wasn’t for you. The temptation to just sit in front of the TV, to curl up with a good book, or to spend a little extra time at your computer is just too big. Who wants to head to the gym right now anyway?

There are many other options to get more active that don’t include jogging, weight lifting or other “traditional” ways to work out. Here are a few ideas to get you moving

1. Plant some Vegetables or Flowerswoman-gardening

When the weather is nice, just get out there and plant some flowers. Or you could start a little vegetable garden, trim some hedges, cut the grass, or plant a tree. You get the idea. Go outside, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, and play in the dirt. Yes, this actually counts as exercise in our book.

2. Go for a Walk with a Friend

Take a walk and invite a friend to come along. I’ve had some of the best conversations while on a walk. Getting to chat with a friend makes the time fly by and before you know it you’ve been walking for 30 minutes.

3. Listen to Music, Audio Book or Podcast while You Walk

Distracting yourself with your favorite tunes or podcasts will make the time fly by, and you’ll get some extra fun out of your walk. I love podcasts for this purpose, as they generally last for 30-60 minutes and tell an interesting story. My personal recommendations are Snap Judgement, Mystery Show, and Wait, Wait, Don’t yoga-bendTell Me.

4. Sign up for a Yoga, Pilates or Barre Class

Consider starting a yoga or Pilates class. Both of these workouts are pretty low impact and won’t leave you too sweaty and sore. Barre class will be a bit more challenging, but the end result will be worth it. You may also enjoy meeting some new people in the class.

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