“Exercise” is NOT a cuss word, it isn’t 4 letters! I understand that for some people, it is in the same category…foul. Exercise does not have to mean “pain” and it does not have to bring death. I see it every day in the gym; someone running way too fast and way too hard and when they get off, they are barely walking or breathing for that matter. The only thing they have successfully done is made it harder to come back the next time! A successful workout is not defined by the amount of sweat on the floor below you or the amount of pain you feel during and afterwards. You can have an incredibly effective workout AND feel great the whole time.
The key to exercise becoming a habit is finding things that “move” you…literally and figuratively! If you love the outdoors and find peace in the refreshing air and scenery, then try to schedule your exercise so that you can be outside! Snowshoe, cross-country ski, or telemarket skiing are all great winter workouts outside! Exercise should be enjoyable!
Most of us are motivated and “moved” by music. Many people attend group fitness classes because of the motivating music that is matched with effective movement. It’s more rare to see someone on the treadmills at the gym without earbuds than to see someone with them these days. Exercise can be FUN! Yes, I said it, FUN! Music is a way to make it fun!
Some people like games. There are the sporting games like basketball, raquetball, tennis, and soccer that are great exercise, but how else could exercise be a game? I decided I’d put three of my favorite things together: music, exercise and games. Last week I posted my first “Pop Up” Playlist workout. It’s not designed to be your only workout, but it’s a fun way to throw in an extra 5 minutes of cardio or strength. If you do it a few times during your day, the calorie burn adds up! I think FUN is something that should be shared so it’s a “tag” game. When you see a “Pop Up” playlist workout, you should stop doing what you’re doing and complete the 5 minute or less workout to the “Pop” song listed. No equipment is necessary other than something that you can get onto Youtube with so you can hear the “Pop” song you’ll be moving to. Then, when you’re done, you can share it with a friend via Facebook or Pinterest. Or, you could send them the link to this blog post today.