I really don't even like using the word "exercise" anymore. Like the word "diet", which really just means what you eat, the meaning of the word "exercise" has changed.
It once meant you were "physically moving your body to improve your health". That doesn't sound so bad, right? Unfortunately, it has come to represent activities that are mostly boring, repetitive, time-consuming, and unappealing.
Movement is supposed to be fun. It should be good for the mind and soul as well as for the body.
Our bodies are meant to be in motion. To be active, agile, busy, and full of life. We definitely were not meant to sit on the couch all day any more than we were meant to spend hours locked away in smelly gyms.
Time travel back to when you were a child. If you were like most children, you were on the move all the time. It was never called “exercise.” Who would have thought of such a thing?
It was called PLAYING! And it was fun. Children don't count calories. They don't force themselves to play for a certain amount of time. They move around because they love it and it feels good.
“No pain, no gain” - blechh. If lifting weights makes you happy, more power to you. But for most people that gym membership is just a waste of money and another source of guilt.
Life is just too short to spend it being miserable. The solution? Play more. Have more fun. Keep it simple. Make it easy. Just get up and move your body around every day.
*Move in ways you LOVE.
*Move to feed your soul and to feel vibrantly healthy.
*Ratchet up the richness quotient in your life.
*Treat yourself to fun and playful ways to move about each day.
*Fire the drill sergeant in your head and do what feels good.
*Look for ways to move that make your heart soar with happiness.
Think back to childhood. What is an activity you loved doing then?
Try that now just for fun.
*Learn karate again
*Ride your bike around the neighborhood just for fun
*Splash around in a pool or lake
*Play some softball with friends
*Chase your dog around the yard
*Play miniature golf
*Jump around on a trampoline
*Make snow angels
*Play tag with the kids
*Build a sandcastle at the beach
*Spin a hula hoop
*Put on some music and go wild dancing all through your house
*Go outside and dig around in the dirt
And some play ideas for adults…
*Stretching in any way that feels good to YOUR body
And don’t forget the simplest choice of them all. The easiest and most natural thing we do is walk. It's what our bodies are built for. No special equipment needed other than a decent pair of shoes.
Don’t over think it, it only takes 30-60 minutes of activity a few times a week, or 2.5 hours a week, to make a dramatic improvement in your health and help you live longer.
Check in with YOUR body.
What kinds of movement does it want to do? Just ask it and see what response you get. Then do that thing and see how great you feel. Your body is wise. It knows exactly what it needs.
One of the best types of full-body activities that is enjoyable is Martial Movement™ training like offered at the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts in South Mississauga. Karate, Kardio Kicks (Fitness Kickboxing) and Tai Chi all complement each other in a well-rounded blend of Martial Arts training.