Making Exercise an Adventure
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
I'm on day 38 of my exercise streak and I'm SO proud of the fact that I've exercised every day in the month of June! This is definitely the best I've ever done with a workout program, and I've been considering what is keeping me so motivated this time around. In addition to taking things slow and not overdoing it, I definitely think that my biggest success has been making my workouts exciting!
I've been following the C25K workout program. For those who don't know, that stands for "Couch to 5K" and it's a program that helps you build up stamina through walk/jog intervals. I've started this program many times before, but I've never made it to the end. As of now, I've been regularly working through the program for more than three months. The first thing that I noticed about my jogs was that if I went to the same place too many times in a row, I got BORED and started dreading going for my workout. So, I started trail running. While the terrain tends to be more intense, I enjoy running through the woods so much more than running on sidewalks! I started checking out different parks in my area. I never even knew there were so many! I grabbed trail maps and would figure out routes that work for me. Now, I have a list of different parks and the night before a jog, I choose one at random to go to. This keeps things very fresh and I don't get bored! I've been using an app called AllTrails to find new places to add to the list.
I've also started doing more outdoor activities as family. My husband and I got kayaks this past winter, so now we make sure to get out on a kayak excursion every other week. It's so much fun and burns lots of calories! It's also a great way for us to spend quality time together. We've started taking family hikes with our kids and my mom. Everyone loves it and it gets us away from out screens for a while. I've been using Pinterest to find places to hike to in our state.
The last thing I've been having fun with is definitely the easiest: YouTube! I've realized that, while I could never really get into Zumba, they have cardio dance videos for literally EVERY type of music out there. Lately, I've been into Disney cardio, which has dances to songs from the Little Mermaid, Mulan, Tangled, etc. I've also checked out some Broadway dance videos. Sometimes I like to do yoga, so I'll just take my phone or tablet outside and do a YouTube video on the porch.
I really hope someone sees some of these ideas and they inspire you! How do you make exercise an adventure?? I'm always looking to incorporate new ideas!