Hiking, especially with friends or family, can be a
fun way to bond with others, or even enjoy some
selfreflection while getting some fresh air and
enjoying nature. With hiking trails located all
across the country, you shouldn't have to look far
to find a park or land preserve with some scenic
hiking to clear your mind, and get in some
Gardening is actually a full body work out! With
bending, digging, lifting, and other kinds of
activities involved, it's great physical activity for
your body. And the best part is that you are
focused on the beautiful flowers or vegetables!
Be sure to stretch, take it slow, and take breaks...
a day of gardening can leave you a little sore the
A brisk walk on a beautiful day is a great way to
clear your mind, reduce stress, and stay active.
Plus, it can be done almost anywhere! Take a
break from your desk at work and walk around
the parking lot, or even up and down the hall! Or
a walk after dinner with the family is a great way
to bond, while burning off extra calories.
Dancing can really get the heart rate up, and the
best part is that it's really fun! Ever wanted to try
that couples salsa class? Or maybe a nearby
gym has a dance aerobics class. Or then again,
maybe you might just like to crank up the radio
and get your groove on in your kitchen!
Playing with your kids (outside, if you can) is a
great way to not only get physical activity for
yourself, but to also encourage your kids to stay
active and enjoy some quality time with the
family. Take some time after school or before
dinner to go outside, rough house, skip, race, or
whatever else you like to do that gets your body
There are all kinds of forms of martial arts, for
any experience level and any goal. Whether you
want to try out a kickboxing class, or learn some
selfdefense skills, martial arts are a fun way to
train your body and your mind. Try a drop in
class at the local gym!
Yoga builds strength, flexibility, and mental
focus... it's an allaround great activity for overall
health. There are many different styles, including
hot yoga, which will give you a major sweat! See
what kinds are in your area and try a few out!
Once you find a class and instructor that help
you feel comfortable, learn the poses and try
them at home... they're a great prebreakfast
activity to wake up yourself up in the morning.
If you don't have a bike, it's easy enough to find a
used one on the Internet for $50! Hit the park
with a friend for a scenic ride, or even try
commuting to work via bike once or twice a
week. You'll get a great workout AND save some
money on gas!
Tag, hide and seek, kickball, group sports...relive
your childhood on the weekend and play some
games you enjoyed as a kid! Teach your kids or
nieces or nephews some of the games you
played when you were their age, or round up
some friends and get a little silly. Childhood
games are a great way to stay active AND stay
young at heart.
Remember... staying active is not just about
losing weight, but also about enjoying life with
the people you care about. In a world where
personal interaction is becoming less frequent,
make some time to get together with loved ones,
turn off the TVs, and be together. Have a
cookout, go to the community pool, play games...
get together, get active, and have fun doing it!