What is the first thing you think of when it comes to exercise? Push ups? Burpees? Hard work? Boring? I hear you. Exercise can get a bad rap but it doesn’t have to be that way. Exercise can be fun and easy, and there are so many ways to move your body. Do you remember when you were a kid and you could run around for hours and would never get bored or tired? What if I could tell you that you can unleash your inner child again and have fun whilst keeping fit (yes really!). Here are 5 tips to get you started.
Be a big kid again
1. Grip Ball. Head to your local toy shop and pick up a Grip ball set. Then grab a mate and head to your local park for a challenge match. This is a great cardio booster that will get your heart rate up quickly without you even realising. You can also make it more challenging by performing vertical jumps in between throws.
2. Sing-a-long Squats. Try this one song workout challenge. Play “Flower” by Moby. Get into your squat position and hold. When the song says, “bring sally up you” you squat up, and when it says, “bring sally down” you squat down. Stay down in a squat hold at “old miss Lucy’s dead and gone”. This song goes for nearly 4 minutes. It is a great leg workout that is fun too!
3. Sports Day Special. Grab some mates and set up your own mini sports day. Think egg and spoon races, relay races, wheelbarrow races and skipping games. Your heart will be racing before you even realise it!
4. Skip o hop. Do you remember these from your childhood? You can pick them up cheaply from a toy store. This exercise is great for a fun warm up that will also work your agility, balance and cardiovascular system.
5. Dance like no one is watching. If you don’t feel like going out, then crank up your favourite dance tunes and get dancing! You can burn over 400 calories in one hour!
Moving and you don’t even know it
There are also plenty of easy ways you can sneak more movement into your day without even realising it. In fact, incidental exercise burns more calories than those gruelling gym workouts. I have put together 10 easy ways that you sneak more movement into your day.
10 ways to sneak more movement into your day
1. When you are on the phone, go for a walk
2. Do squats while brushing your teeth
3. Crank the tunes and dance around when cleaning the house
4. At work, start a walking club, or suggest a walking meeting
5. Get off the bus or train one stop earlier
6. Lunge around the living room during the ad break or hold a plank
7. Go shopping (this one seriously gets your steps up!)
8. Go out dancing with your mates
9. Have a play date. Go bowling, bike riding, organise a ball game, play tennis or go on a walking date
10. Get some post it notes and write down different exercises on them such as squats, high knees, lunges, triceps dips, ski jumps, crunches, silly dancing etc! Write the amount of reps, or a time (i.e. 30-60 seconds and 10 reps is a good start). Stick them up around your house. Some good sticking spots include the fridge, kitchen cupboards, bathroom door, laptop and the TV remote. Every time you see the post it note you must perform the exercise. You can have lots of fun with this one 😉
The best thing of all about moving is that it improves your brain! If you don’t believe me than check out this Ted Talk by neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki- “Exercise and the brain”. Well worth a watch if you still need some extra motivation to get moving.
Happy moving everyone!