How to Like Being Active, Have Fun, and Get Healthy

by | Oct 4, 2017 | Blog | 0 comments

Here is sad news: Statistics show that 80% of American adults don’t meet national physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening. Additionally, around 45% of us don’t move around enough to get any health benefits from our activities. (PhysicalInactiviy)


Why We Don’t Move Enough

In the first place, we know there are a lot of good reasons to exercise. To enumerate, they include improving our energy, health mood, and, sleep. Not to mention reducing anxiety, depression, and stress. 

However, we may have a limited idea of what physical activity and moving are. As an illustration, we don’t want force ourselves to do monotonous activities we hate. Another key point, we may be told exercise will fix something wrong us. Correspondingly, we might think it means spending hours in a gym. In fact, the whole idea of moving more fills us with dread.  

Significantly, linking fear and loathing with activity isn’t particularly motivating.

At the same time, we believe it takes too long to see any results. All in all, when we hate our workout, willpower won’t keep us going long-term. Ultimately, improving our health isn’t motivation enough to make us get up and go (anywhere).


How to Like Being Active, Have Fun, and Get Healthy

Surprisingly, exercise is a teeny tiny part of moving, but hardly anyone thinks about it this way. To put it another way, exercise is a narrow view of human movement. To emphasize, there are alternatives to traditional exercise to boost your physical activity. After all, physical activity is anything we do that involves moving our bodies.

To begin with, we want to start with an activity we like to do. As an example, you can reach a mile by different methods: biking, running, skipping, swimming, walking, or a combination of those activities. Therefore, choose the activity that will make you the happiest as you do it, and when you’re finished.

Not surprisingly, research shows the key to sticking with a physical activity is that we enjoy it. In general, when we finish doing something we enjoy, we feel successful. As a matter of fact, success is a confidence builder. Ultimately, when we are confident, believe we will accomplish our goal. (EnjoyPhysicalActivity)


Variety is the Spice of Life

It’s important to realize we have a lot of choices in how to begin and benefit from moving (not-exercise). To put it another way, moving is a moveable feast.

Watch my video of clients and friends, as they demonstrate different physical activities — from the familiar to unusual, to inspire you in thinking about activity and moving about.

As a challenge, what other intriguing movements can you think to do? If you’re so inclined, take a short (5 or 6 seconds) video of you executing an activity and email it to me. When I get 10, I’ll post them in an upcoming blog post.


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Personal Training/Health & Wellness Coaching

My name is Jacqueline Gikow, I’ve worked as a personal trainer and health & wellness coach — for a while now. As a result, I support folks who may not like working out, find a way to move from reluctant to eager exercisers. At the same time, I coach by encouraging you to explore possibilities for change rather than dwell on reasons you can’t or haven’t. In short, I can offer options on how to make your goals a reality.

Contact me at Audacious-Aging.NYC® to explore ways to meet your goals for improved health and well-being.

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