The heat is here! Longer days, and plenty of opportunity to squash those excuses from winter. “I’ll walk when the weather is nicer” or “when it’s warm outside I’ll get out more.” Do these sound familiar? If they do, it’s time to check in and see if you are actually taking advantage of that warm weather.
If the word “exercising” makes you cringe, you might be thinking of the most horrid activity from your childhood gym class. Thus, finding many reasons (aka excuses) to justify NOT exercising. “It’s too hot,” “I’d rather sip on some cocktails” or “I’m so much busier now, the weekends are completely filled” may be a running dialogue. Instead, embrace this time and find an activity that will be fun for you (and just so happens to also be active!)
1)Walking! Always my number one activity. Take your pet for a walk, do an extra lap before and after getting the mail, get to an appointment early and walk beforehand! If you don’t have time to do 30 minutes in one chunk, split it in 2 and get twice the fun. A “before your day gets started” 15 minute walk, and “end of the day” 15 minute walk can be energizing, yet still short and sweet. (30 minutes burns 150 calories)
2) Dance. Whether you do it in the privacy of your own home with music blasting and no one looking, or venturing out to a ballroom or ballet dance class, this is a great way to add in physical activity and have fun. 10 minutes (or 3 songs) can take off 150 calories.
3) Hiking. A great way to spend time with friends and enjoy the scenery. Landscapes can vary from easy paved roads, to more challenging terrain. Some local spots include Jockey Hollow or Hacklebarney State Park, to slightly farther but still close Delaware Water Gap or the Catskills. (30 minutes burns 230 calories) https://www.njhiking.com/top-10-hikes-nj/
4) Swimming. Is the back hurting? The knees aching? Non-weight bearing exercises can be a solution, and swimming is perfect. A local community pool, traveling and visiting a hotel pool, or going to the beach or lake, all provide that ideal opportunity to enjoy the weather and to incorporate some physical activity. (220 calories)
5) Water sports: Have access to a beach or lake and are willing to try something new? Kayaking, paddleboarding, or even snorkeling are fun water activities that burn 150-250 calories.
Physical activity doesn’t have to be boring or painful. Whatever activity you find enjoyable and interesting is what you should do. The most important part is to do it and keep up with it!
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