Getting fit can seem like a bit of a drag. As the new year comes around once again, there will be hundreds of adverts telling you that you need to join a gym to get fit. They’ll say that you need to be organised and proactive with an end goal that you want to strive for. They’ll give you the impression that getting fit is an all or nothing quest that will consume all of your life.
Well, they’re wrong. Getting fit is an end in itself, and it can be far more enjoyable than whatever destination you might have in mind. You shouldn’t be looking to cut the things you enjoy out of your life to make room for a new regime. You should be looking for ways to make your hobbies and favourite activities a part of your fitness.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few general ideas and particular tips to help you. Using our advice, and a bit of perseverance and creativity, you should be well on your way to feeling better.
Make Casual Sports Rigorous
We all enjoy the occasional ball sports session in the park. On the sunny days we all like throwing a frisbee around over a barbeque. Think about making this casual game a bit of a regular fixture and have everyone a bit more prepared to exert themselves. This won’t take up much time to organise, and it certainly won’t be any more effort. And as a bonus, you can still make it a centrepiece of your day, with a barbeque or drinks after.
Use Your Hobby As A Reward
Some of us have non-active hobbies. Maybe you like to read. Maybe you like to watch films. Maybe you enjoy working on pieces of music. In any case, none of these are going to get you fit any time soon. Instead of dropping them from your life to make room for the gym, use them as a motivation. Tell yourself that you can only go and see that new blockbuster next week if you run that 10k this weekend. You’ll find that you’re motivated to get fit, but also that you enjoy your hobbies as you’ve come to earn them through all of your hard work.
There are plenty of hobbies and activities out there that you haven’t tried yet. Have a look online at sports and leisure groups in your area. It can be anything new that you haven’t tried yet, and it doesn’t even have to be particularly strenuous. New forms of exercise will be great for your fitness, and you’ll be too focused on picking up the new skill that you won’t be bothered by all the hard work. You’ll also find that you’re making friends as you go, and this can be a great way to expand your social life. Think about taking up something that is completely different to your current exercise, to make sure that your regime is comprehensive.