“I just don’t have time to exercise.” “Exercise is boring.” or “I hate the gym.” We’ve all probably been guilty of saying one of these statements at least once in our lives. We’ve probably heard people around us saying it more often than not. People use these excuses as means to avoid being active. What they don’t realize is that exercise or being active doesn’t have to be a monotonous chore that you feel forced into doing in order to stay healthy. Being active is essentially you finding different ways to keep exercising fun, exciting, and less mundane. Heck, I would hate being active if I were doing the same thing all the time.
I was originally going to write the entire list of the 3 easy ways to stay active in this post; however, as I was writing I realized that some of the ways to be active would make this post incredibly long. I’ve therefore decided to split them up. One a day! If you’re struggling with being more active, hopefully these will help you be more active…and remind me to be too. I’ve been slacking this week.
1. Work Out With a Friend
I can’t stress enough how much more enjoyable exercise is when I’m doing it with a friend , and even more so when it’s with someone who’s around my skill level. Training for the marathon and my past few sprint triathlons were really only doable because I was running and exercising with other people. When you’re exercising with someone around the same ability as you, it’s much easier for both of you to motivate one another and push each other to work out harder. Some friendly competition never hurts either!
My co-worker and I often go for jogs or rock climbing at an indoor climbing gym called The Studio after work. Climbing is challenging, but it never feels like a chore. It also helps that we’re around the same ability level and can advise each other while we’re clinging onto the wall with our fingertips. Since we’re belaying one another, we also have the power to not allow the other person back on the ground until they properly complete their route.
As for running, well running with someone for 1 mile or 20 miles, either way, it’s way more enjoyable for me when I have company. I enjoy the light conversation and the struggle of trying to keep up with others.
This photo was taken from Sausalito at around 8 AM. My boyfriend, uncle, and I had already jogged about 10 miles at that point and were 10 miles away from reaching our destination: The Embarcadero in San Francisco. Good times training for L.A.. I’m looking forward to the next time I go jogging with some company.
In all honesty, you can do any form of exercise with a buddy. Complete an exercise video, take a class at your local gym, go for a walk, swim, ride your bike, and so on. Just find someone who can help keep you motivated and vice versa. Find someone who can challenge you to be our best while also not making the ‘exercising’ part feel like a monotonous chore, then not being active enough won’t be an issue in your life.