Fun workouts that don't feel like exercises, but still burn fat
Exercise does not always equal pain
For most of us to find the motivation to exercise can be really difficult. In most cases it is linked with trying to lose weight and that in itself is a demoralizing thought.
What with diet control and calorie counting and now struggling to burn the fat with exercise, it just sounds like way too much work with no forthcoming results.But guess what? Exercise can be fun.
Yes, it really can. All you have to do is stop thinking about it as exercise and start thinking about it as a hobby that you enjoy spending a part of your day on.
Stop focussing on the fact that you have extra pounds gathering on the body and start thinking about how much more stamina you have built up instead.
The only bad workout is the one that never happened!
Think of New Exercise Activities
Here's a list of fun workouts that don't feel like exercises but will still burn fat.
It may seem like a rather passive activity, but if you are growing flowers and vegetables in your back yard, you will get a decent work out in the bargain.
The weeding, planting, fertilizing and watering take time and effort. Plus you have a beautiful display to show for your efforts. Well worth trying out.
A night out in the town can actually mean a whole lot of calories burning up. Of course you will have to actually work up a sweat rather than just sway to the music.
Even if you don't go out, just record a CD with some of the best foot tapping numbers you know. Now spend half an hour a day dancing to this CD.
Walk and Talk
I hate going for a walk without my cell phone. I use the time I am walking to catch up with the lives of friends and family.
The added advantage to this is that I end up doing more rounds than originally planned because some one I was talking to has not finished the story they were telling me.
Stop laughing, those girls really work hard at this art. Don't believe me, then try it out on your own. Develop a strip tease routine. Use a Pole dancer's techniques.
Believe me sliding up and down that pole is quite a work out. I know because I tried it once. Plus you can put it to some good use else where :)
Go to the Mall
Head over to the largest Mall in town, and now begin window shopping. Don't take any elevators or escalators. Walk the entire length and breadth of the floor before you climb up to the next level.
Oh, just make sure you leave all your credit cards at home. We want to lose weight on the body and not in the bank balance.
Join a Class
It could be Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Rope Climbing, Kick Boxing, Judo or whatever else grabs your fancy. Just as long as it involves you doing some physical activity.
The regular practice sessions will burn calories, you will make friends and lose weight. Plus when you pay for a class the compulsion to attend it becomes a high motivator.
Leave your comfort zone
Train for an adventure sport that will take you out of your comfort zone. It could be para sailing, hang gliding, jet skiing, surfing, sledging, snow boarding, or any thing else that you have never tried in your life before.
Besides burning the fat and losing calories you will also gain an interesting conversation piece. And the added confidence that comes from mastering a new skill.
So get rid of the notion that exercise is no fun and get out there and pick a work out.
Do What You Enjoy
One of the primary reasons why people give up on an exercise regime is because over a period of time they stop enjoying it. A new class may be a good idea to boost your fitness and exercise regime, but if you begin to think that its too much work, after some time you will begin to resent having to show up for it.
To avoid being stuck with a single activity that you do not enjoy, its a good idea to mix up your fitness regime with a number of different activities. In my case I started out with a cardio workout in a gym, but it became too much effort to show up everyday. Then I switched to a yoga class and while I was doing great things for my muscle tone and mind-body balance, it was not as simulating. That's when I switched over to Zumba for a few months.
The idea is to make sure that you keep moving your body. To stand still is to invite disaster. Ensure that no matter how many hours you need to work in a week, you always clear some time out for looking after the physical body.
Have you ever started a workout regime with enthusiasm and quit within a short time?
One of the primary reasons we lose motivation to exercise is because we think we are not worth the effort. Your own self esteem is what acts as the biggest hindrance keeping you fit and healthy. So the next time you catch yourself thinking, "What's the point of exercising" tell yourself you matter.Stay motivated to keep yourself healthy and fit because if you don't bother to look after your own health, no one else will.
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