Here are some tips to put some shape-sculpting play into your day:
Get out of that rut. Don’t use only the treadmill, stationary bike and step machine at the gym. Variety is the spice of any successful fitness routine – so give yourself some more exciting options like a jump rope or some rollerblades.
Walk out the door. The Great Outdoors is the world’s largest, most diverse playground. Look around your city for parks, walking trails and bike paths. Many places may be the perfect spot to take your mate for an inexpensive date.
Mark it on your social calendar. Don’t have enough time for fraternizing and fitness? Make it a double date! Exercising with your friends adds an important layer of enjoyment to your workout – distraction.
Try the couch potato workout. Spending too much time in front of the TV? You’re probably making a permanent dent in the couch cushions – but not your weight loss goals. If you’re addicted to the telly, turn your living room into a home gym! Put your treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical in front of the screen and exercise while you watch.
Give yourself an incentive. Develop a reward program that will benefit you today, not six months away. Plan for a weekend trip away or splurge on new shoes or tech gadget. Whatever you choose, it should motivate you enough to keep you heading toward your fitness goal.
Make it a family event. Sitting down to a family dinner isn’t the only opportunity you have to connect with your spouse and kids after a busy day. Make a fitness a family tradition, too. Your back yard is full of possibilities. Put up a basketball hoop and challenge your spouse to a game of H-O-R-S-E. Too rainy outside? Take it indoors with ping pong, air hockey, billiards…
Get the pets involved. Is Fido starting to pack on pounds, too? Animals need exercise as much as we do. Taking the dog out for a walk or run is another change to get your own butt in gear. Make it a morning or evening routine and you’ll easily take care of the 30 minutes of cardio recommended each day.