Tired of your boring lifting and cardio sessions or recently had a sudden realization that you are unable to lift the dumbbells you once lifted with ease or find it difficult to complete your usual 2 km run after taking a break for a couple of months?
Certainly, there are the usual ways to get back in shape like working out in the gym, arduous circuit training routines and following strict and uncanny diet regimes. Though one can’t get around following a lifestyle like this without feeling burdened by the stress one puts him/herself through throughout the activities. Cardio sessions are very exhausting and often leave the human body drained out without motivation to carry yourself through the long and monotonous days. Stop forcing things on yourself by thinking that the exercises that you do are only until you get fit because if you stop doing them you are only going to relapse back into being lazy and careless about your health.
You can stick to the stringent diet plans of eating boiled food products and denying the foodie in you on trying the finger-licking delicacies of the latest Zomato certified dining places that you just found about recently from your friend;
Take things differently this time!
Here are 5 unconventional and “cool” ways to get fitter this summer:
Pick hiking as a hobby and explore the unexplored. Tag along with friends and even family. Hiking is a very powerful cardio workout. It has a myriad of benefits:
- Lower your risk of heart disease
- Improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Boost bone density, since walking is a weight-bearing exercise
- Build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs
- Strengthen your core
- Improve balance
- Help control your weight
- Boost your mood.
"Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety," says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. "Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that."
You might visit some of nature’s marvels along the way and also make fond and nostalgic memories with your friends and family.
With scorching heat of the summers. With temperatures hitting 40 degrees on an average during the day, swimming might just save you from a sunstroke. Don’t know swimming? Don’t worry its never too late to learn it with summer being the perfect time to do so.
Just getting in the water and moving around uses a tremendous amount of energy and will build your fitness quickly. You can swim laps or spice it up with water games like water polo.
Health benefits of swimming:
- keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
- builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
- helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
- tones muscle and builds strength
- provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.
Swimming has many other benefits including:
- being a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise
- alleviating stress
- improving coordination, balance and posture
- improving flexibility
- providing good low-impact therapy for some injuries and conditions
- providing a pleasant way to cool down on a hot day
- being available in many places – you can swim in swimming pools, beaches, lakes, dams and rivers. Make sure that the environment you choose to swim in is safe.
3. Recall your childhood days with ‘Tag’!
Remember running around endlessly all day behind each other as kids. Well its never too late to get back at some games. Get up from your cosy couches onto the turf with your family.
Much to your shock there are some benefits to playing tag:
- unlike gym and other workout regimes, to play tag you only need players and no other requirements.
- Tag can be played with 2 or 3 people or it can be played with a larger group. When there are larger groups you can have more than one person be the tagger (it).
- Tag is a fun way to work on improving speed and agility.
- Tag engages our brain in critical thinking even though we may not realize it.
- Starting, stopping, and changing direction are important skills for many different sports. Tag is a great way to develop these skills.
Put on your dancing shoes for method number 4!
Dance is an activity that activates the entire bodily muscle movements. It is fun to learn some new dance steps and also some new dance forms as well.
There are countless dance classes teaching beginners any dance form of your liking from salsa to urban hip hop.
Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:
- improved condition of your heart and lungs
- increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
- increased aerobic fitness
- improved muscle tone and strength
- weight management
- stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
- better coordination, agility and flexibility
- improved balance and spatial awareness
- increased physical confidence
- improved mental functioning
- improved general and psychological wellbeing
- greater self-confidence and self-esteem
- better social skills.
5. Play video games that make you be active
Lastly, some glory for the gamers!
Remember every time you shouted at your kid for playing the PS4 or Xbox too much. It is time to take it all back. It’ll be a tough pill to swallow but this last method will force you to grab the gaming controllers yourself.
Rather sitting playing console games on the couch for hours and hours during the summer vacations choose to play the motion capture games like the Wii sports, Playstation Move and Xbox Kinect. Stand up, run, explore new sites and enjoy. You won’t even have to leave your living room to play games like frisbee and archer on these motion capture consoles. Virtual reality is also developing and your can try the VR games by just popping your smartphone inside in one of the VR headsets to get you going!
The ultimate goal of these activities is that you enjoy every moment of your journey to getting fit. These activities can be incorporated into your regular lifestyle. Eating healthy by adding veggies and fruits in your diet will only complement this routine.
There is also a global event named- 100 day of running. It requires you to run, jog or even walk 2km each day for 100 days. Further details for the event are on-
The road is not an easy one but as Sylvester Stallone rightly said in his blockbuster movie
“Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give... it's about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”