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Working Out and Having a Ball
By J B Buckley
Remember when you were a child and
running around the playground, swimming in the community
pool, or building a sand castle was fun? Little did you
know you were not only having fun, but getting a workout
too. With all the challenges we face on a daily basis;
caring for our loved-ones, working and cleaning, imagine
putting more fun back into your life through exercise.
It wouldnít seem like another task on our ďto doĒ list,
it would feel more like play time, but with health
benefits. Right now, sitting in your living room with a
tub of Hagan Daaz and watching your favorite prime time
drama may be your way of relaxing, only to feel guilty
later for consuming a the pint of ice cream. Well, relax
and have fun minus the guilt by engaging in your
favorite physical activity.
First, you need to change the way you think about
exercising. Believe that it can be an exhilarating,
adventurous, and energy-boosting experience, not to be
taken for granted. Next, acknowledge the fact, you
deserve to celebrate life with a fun-filled work out.
Itís a chance for you to care for you physically,
emotionally and mentally. Also, when you are through
having fun (a.k.a. exercising) reflect upon how good it
made you feel and make a conscience effort to remember
that feeling, it will help you stay motivated. Lastly
and most importantly, take the stress out of exercising.
You donít have to break any records, win a gold medal
and loose 25-pounds by the end of the workout, just have
FUN. Here are some ideas to help you start enjoying
yourself while exercising.
Go for a leisurely walk with a good friend you rarely
get to see. This idea is often suggested but rarely
implemented so remember now you have different motives,
to have fun not burn calories.
Try a physical activity youíve
never tried before or havenít done in a long time.
How about ballroom dancing or yoga? There are
usually studios in every city at various price and
time ranges. A good idea is to call around for
Teach your children a new sport like kickball, baseball
or Frisbee. An active parent yields active children so
be a shining example.
Go on an exploration to a place youíve never been. Get
all geared up with hiking boots, water bottle and bug
spray. Put all your adventure needs in a backpack and
off you go. It could be a place near your home or 20
minutes away that youíve been wanting to see. Maybe itís
a beautiful tree lined neighborhood or a neat historical
park laced with raccoons and squirrels. Go ahead and
choose, be adventurous.
One of the biggest complaints about
exercising is lack of time and energy. Well, all you
need to do is get through the door. By taking the stress
out of exercising and putting back in the fun, you have
laid the foundation of a completely new way of working
out. Just go out and have fun. It doesnít matter for how
long or what you do. Start by skipping back and forth
from your car to the front door three times or chasing
your dog around the yard for five minutes whatever you
feel compelled to do. When you were a child, you didnít
think about the reason why you kept jumping on and off a
log or pretended to be a black belt in karate while
torturing your younger brother, you simply did it and
thatís having fun.
Barbara Collins, an office
administrator, admits to playing her favorite old time
records, opening all the windows and dancing around
while she cleans her house. She says, ďItís fun.Ē And
thatís the whole idea!
fun workout idea youíve tried for other caregivers to
try, you might even learn a fun new workout for