With Thanksgiving being just a week away and the brand new year beginning in just over a month, there’s no better time to get that heart rate pumping and set yourself up for the health and wellness your body deserves. For many of us, getting into a solid exercise routine is difficult. Some of you may absolutely hate the idea of working out and going to the gym (bleh), and others of you might not have time on your side. Here are 4 non-traditional ways to get your heart pumping and body moving all while enjoying your time!
4 Non-Traditional Ways to Exercise
- Living Room Dance – Set your timer for 15 minutes and pick your 4 favorite songs of all time. Blast them from your cellphone or computer and dance in your living room. Believe it or not, dancing for just 4 songs will meet your activity threshold for the day.
- Phone Call Walking – Look through your contacts and pick a person (friend, family member, acquaintance) that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Call them and begin a 15 minute power walk around your neighborhood. 15 minutes will go by in no time as you were distracted by the talk!
- Speed Chores – Of course we all have house chores, but have you ever intentionally chosen 2-3 heart pumping chores to do in a speedy manner, with a timer in hand? For example, set a timer for 15 minutes and choose to accomplish, mopping the floor, vacuuming the carpets and sweeping the outdoor balcony and sidewalks of leaves. You’d be amazed at how much you can accomplish in 15 minutes all while “exercising”.
- Play – Now for those of you who don’t have little children to take, this may feel uncomfortable, but we can assure you playgrounds are for everyone to enjoy! Find a local (public) playground, bring some headphones and be a kid again! Go on the swings, go down the slides and try to accomplish doing the monkey bars if you can. 15 minutes at a playground will probably kick your butt more than you realize, but it’s a great way to get the heart pumping without even realizing it.
We hope these fun and non-traditional exercises will set you up for success in 2020 and help you feel a little more guilt-free about the Thanksgiving food eating that will commence next week.