Monday, May 05, 2014 • GREENSBORO, NC 27407-5402
Having structured workouts is obviously one key to achieving a high level of fitness. These are scheduled and organized workouts that may be at home, or a gym, and are usually part of some type of specifically designed program. The majority of our fitness efforts will take place in a structured workout. These are great, and when part of a well designed program can help us reap tremendous rewards. Structured workouts are great, but sometimes a little extra kick can help even more! Find a fun, physically active hobby that provides at least a moderate amount of exercise, and throw that into the mix to maximize your efforts. The idea is that you're doing something fun, and not thinking if it as a workout. The fun of the activity will distract you from the thoughts of calories, reps, minutes, rest periods, intervals and all if those other fitness terms! My favorite hobby for this is probably disc golf, but there are plenty of other fun activities you can choose. I usually end up walking one and a half to two miles anytime I play. True, it's not the same as a vigorous three or four mile run. But, the whole point is that you're getting the benefit of physical activity from something that's done for fun. It doesn't count as one of your weekly scheduled workouts. But the benefits of extra activity WILL count towards calories burned or energy expended where it counts. Your body composition! It only takes a little thought and effort to add a few fun actives throughout the week. A few examples are playing tennis, volleyball, basketball, badminton, chasing your kids, walking with a friend, hiking, chasing your dog (if you have one), dancing, and of course kayaking and canoeing. What's better than something that feels like fun, and happens to provide real physical results? Have fun, be safe, and stay active!