5 Ways to Trick Your Body Into Exercising
I would like to tell you that I exercise faithfully every day, and that I love doing it. However, that would be a lie, on both accounts. I am neither consistent, nor do I love to work my body into submission.
Now, maybe later in my life after my babies have grown, and I have a more regular schedule, I will become one of those fitness fanatics who works out just for fun and takes selfies to prove it. I doubt it though…
If you are looking to read a post about becoming more disciplined in your fitness life – this would not be one of those. Yes, this is a post about exercising your body, but there are actually fun ways to do it. As for me, I have to trick myself into getting exercise. My body cannot know that it is actually working. (I know, sneaky, right?)
As you might have discovered from the above ramblings, I am by no means an expert on fitness (not even close), but I do think it is important to take care of your body, even on a small scale. Need a good reason? Read this post: Not My Own
That is why I want to share with you 5 ways to trick yourself into exercising. Are you ready? Here we go…
1. Go for a Walk
Grab a a friend or two and start talking and walking. By the time you have solved almost all of the world’s problems, and your own, you might be surprised how much ground you have covered. 😉
- On average, every minute of walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes.
- Walking an extra 20 minutes each day will burn off 7 pounds of body fat per year.
- To burn off 1 plain M&M candy, you need to walk the full length of a football field. Think about that next time you dip your hand into a candy bowl at someone’s office!
- Longer, moderately-paced daily walks (40 minutes at 60% to 65% maximum heart rate) are best for losing weight.
- Shorter, faster walks (20-25 minutes at 75% to 85% maximum heart rate) are best for conditioning your heart and lungs. (Source)
2. Take a Swim
Work that body and get your vitamin D at the same time!
- Swimming breaststroke for 30 minutes will burn approximately 367Kcal, depending on your weight and speed.
- Using the resistance of water in exercise is like working out with weights or machines on land, but without the need for equipment
- Improved sleep
- It’s sweat-free
- Studies have shown that swimming for 30 minutes at least three times a week can significantly lower your blood pressure.
- Like other forms of exercise, stimulates the release of feel-good hormone serotonin. (Source)
3. Go Rollerskating (or Ice Skating)
This is one of my favorite activities! Grab a group of friends and make some memories.
- Roller skating is equivalent to jogging in terms of health benefits and caloric consumption, reduction of body fat, and leg strength development.
- Just one hour of moderate roller skating burns 330 calories for a 143-pound person.
- According to a study conducted at the University of Massachusetts, in-line skating causes less than 50 percent of the impact shock to joints compared to running.
- If someone roller skates one day, bicycles another, and swims or runs on another, the person will be getting all the fitness benefits that aerobics can offer.
- In-line skating as a form of exercise is as beneficial as running or cycling. (Source)
4. Jump on a Trampoline
Don’t have a trampoline? Find a friend who does!
- Using the trampoline takes up to 80% off the stress of your weight-bearing joints.
- Trampoline exercise has been proven to increase your metabolic rate, helping your body to process nutrients more efficiently.
- Not only does improved circulation pump clean oxygen into your brain, making you feel more alert, but also the physical activity you perform whilst trampolining will make you feel happier, more positive, and even more self confident.
- It is thought the action of jumping on a trampoline literally ‘squeezes’ the poisons out of our lymphatic system. (Source)
5. Swing on a Swing
This has to one of the most relaxing and peaceful ways to exercise. Swing all your worries away!
- Swinging on a swing is great fun and a way to burn 200 calories for every hour spent enjoying yourself.
- Swinging burns calories and engages muscle groups. The simple act of swinging–pulling back and pushing forward with the legs–works the quadriceps and hamstrings.
- It builds endurance in the knees and hips. Maintaining balance with the arms works the abdominal muscles, shoulders, upper back and neck.
- It’s relaxing and allows time for imaginative and creative thought.
- It makes you happy (Source)
Now, those don’t look too painful, right? Actually all of these
exercises, uhmm, activities are fun! And they are even better when you include a friend!
“I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing” -Marsha Doble
What are some ways you trick yourself into exercising? Let us know in the comments below!