It’s that time of year again. Time to wake up from the carbohydrate induced haze of the holidays and snap back to reality. For many of us reality is a hefty dose of stress, neglected exercise and forgotten nutrition.
Each year we eagerly write our New Year’s Resolutions, which usually includes improving our fitness, but by February the enthusiasm fades and our goals fall by the wayside.
Make this year different by thinking of exercise in a new light. Exercise doesn’t have to take place in a gym or involve a treadmill to burn calories. Sometimes being physically active with another person or a group, such as on a sports team, is more fun. The good news is that there are many fun ways to stay active and keep you motivated without making exercise feel like a chore.
Try out some of these activities to make exercise fun:
Join a team
Join a team sport to stay active and make new friends. Try out an adult team sports, such as women’s softball, kickball or soccer. There are tons of adult sport leagues popping up across the country and they offer a way to meet new friends while getting fit.
Try your hand at tennis to scorch calories and have fun. Join a local tennis team or join a tennis club to play with friends.
Try something new
If you typically run on the road, try the trail. If you normally run on a trail, give biking a try. You can refresh your love for fitness by trying something new.
Golf your way fit
Hit balls at the driving range, or better yet, play 18 holes of golf. Walk the course to burn even more calories while improving your game.
Just keep swimming
Swimming is a great low-impact activity that can burn a lot of calories without putting stress on your joints. Swim in an indoor pool during the winter months. You can also explore the water in other ways, such as stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking or tubing.
There are many more ways to stay active while having fun. This chart shows the estimated number of calories burned for a wide variety of exercises. The specific calories burned can vary depending on the exercise, intensity level and your individual situation.
|Activity (1-hour duration)||Calories burned|
|160 pounds||200 pounds||240 pounds|
|Aerobics, high impact||511||637||763|
|Aerobics, low impact||365||455||545|
|Jogging, 5 mph||584||728||872|
|Running, 8 mph||986||1229||1472|
|Tae kwon do||730||910||1090|
|Walking, 2 mph||183||228||273|
|Walking, 3.5 mph||277||346||414|
*Calories burned information obtained from the Mayo Clinic – www.mayoclinic.com
Make this the year that you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. Incorporate these fun activities into your daily routine to make a healthy lifestyle that lasts a lifetime.