Sneaking Activity into Weight Loss
December 1, 2020 in
Getting Active by
Craig Primack MD FACP
What if your medical weight loss program became your reintroduction to having fun? Most people don’t think of losing weight as a fun process. But getting healthy is all about improving your quality of life. That means having fun too!
A core component of medical weight loss programs is exercise. In Arizona, there are plenty of resources available to help you become more active. But if going for a bike ride or run does nothing for you, then find other activities that you can sneak into your day. The trick is barely knowing you are exercising at all.
Finding Fun Ways to Workout
This is one of the biggest lessons that so many people have to learn when starting a weight loss program. Exercise can happen at any time, at any place. That means it could be at your home in the middle of the night or in your office in the middle of the workday. All you need to get active and burn calories is a little bit of energy and a creative mind.
Here are a few ideas on how you can improve your personal fitness without a traditional workout at the gym.
Family outings. Get together with your family or friends to hike in the woods, hit the mall, or go rock climbing. These types of activities are variations of what you’d be doing at the gym. It’s also a great way to spend time with other people.
Active video games. The years of sitting on the couch and watching a small figure run around on the screen are fading. Some of the most popular video game systems require you to stand up and move around to control the figure. That’s actually a great way to burn calories. For an especially great workout, check out Wii Fit or Xbox Kinect games that target fitness.
Play with the kids. Parents have a great excuse to hit up the playground and put their skills to the test. The monkey bars, swing set, and jungle gym are great places to fit in a fabulous core and cardio workout. And you can still have a great time with the young ones. Step it up a notch and play a game of tag to get moving around the yard.
Even if you don’t have kids you can take advantage of your neighborhood or front yard. Get a few friends together and start a game of soccer, touch-football, or ultimate Frisbee.
There is no excuse for missing a workout! If you aren’t a fan of the gym, find other ways that you can get active. Having fun with your workouts will help you enjoy your weight loss program. It will also motivate you to continue working towards your weight loss goal.
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