Movement is the key

Don’t like exercise but know it is still good for you? Not sure what to do about this? Well, it is true the more we move the better we feel, not only does it help with decreasing blood pressure, prevents obesity, improves joint movement, flexibility and prevents type 2 diabetes the improvement in mental health and thought processes is amazing. Just go for a one hour walk and see how you feel, especially if you don’t walk regularly. Think of your exercise as me time where it gives you a chance to think/dream and imagine what great things life can bring. Great writers/philosophers have been using these techniques for centuries. It was hypocrites that said we should sit at home and contemplate our navels. While that isn’t entirely practical at times, use movement as a way to get to your own amazing untapped subconscious. For those who just can’t stomach traditional gym/treadmill or weight workouts try these things instead. All my books were written in my head first and all my great ideas came from long walks. (Of course some may disagree that I even or ever had any great ideas LOL)

  • Use a stationary bike and read a good book
  • For the TV fanatics watch TV or a good movie while using  a treadmill or bike
  • Ride your bike to get some groceries or visit your favorite coffee shop
  • Buy a football (any of them ) and go to a park on your own and have a crack at kicking it and chasing after it even if you have never done this before
  • Join a fun dance class
  • Jump on a trampoline
  • Plat putt putt with the kids
  • Take a self-defense course
  • Peddle  a water-tractor on water or paddle a canoe
  • Climb a tree
  • Have a game of golf
  • Play social tennis
  • Go to a water park with the kids (become a kid again)
  • Play with the kids on climbing frame
  • Start a yoga class (passive one at first)
  • Take a picnic and climb (at your own pace) a mountain
  • Play a game of volleyball or badminton on the beach with a group of friends who have never played before (that way you can all look crazy together)
  • Go to the local pool and tread water in the deep end (less stress on the joints and keeps the heart rate up)
  • Have a chalk chase with friends at night
  • Have a progressive dinner  with friends and make the distances between each house long with healthy eating at each stop…include swapping recipes on healthy food
  • Go to an indoor rock climbing wall and start small (the instructors are very helpful)
  • Buy yourself some Nordic walking poles and head out especially if you need some knee support
  • Arrange some games in the park with other family friends (tunnel ball, tug of war, egg and spoon races) pack a healthy lunch and take turns with other families being creative and imaginative
  • Cricket in the park with a tennis ball
  • Organize some fun on the beach a small circuit with fun activities

Make sure you are having a giggle and the time will pass without you even realizing you are exercising.   Now we have you thinking start using your own imagination to get moving and active.

By: John Hart

Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab) Newcastle University Australia

“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

“Cert 4 Personal Training”

“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”

Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

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