As we continue our Get Active & Fit Challenge I want us to keep a element of fun and play into this, and not make it too serious.
Thereâ€™s a tendency to turn the exercise habit into a dutiful â€œget my exercise done for the dayâ€ approach â€¦ where youâ€™re doing it because itâ€™s good for you and you â€œshouldâ€ do it.
Let’s turn it into play. If youâ€™re not having fun, youâ€™re missing a huge opportunity.
Why? Because if you think of exercise as a chore, itâ€™ll be dull, boring, a sacrifice. Who wants to do that? Weâ€™d rather be online or watching TV or â€¦ doing anything more interesting or relaxing.
But if you think of it as fun, youâ€™re much more likely to look forward to it and want to do it every day. That means a longer-lasting habit, and one that you enjoy every day of your life.
Each day, ask yourself, â€œHow can I have fun getting active? How can I play? What physical activity can I do that will give me joy?â€
Yesterday I took a bike ride with my entire family, having a picnic and enjoying the sunshine together. We donâ€™t do this all the time, to be honest, but it was an amazing day for me. We all woke up this morning a bit tired and sore, but it wasnâ€™t grueling exercise being active for several hours â€” it was pure joy.
Some days I play basketball or go for a run with a family member. Or do random bodyweight exercises, or get my body moving slowly and mindfully with yoga (not as often as Iâ€™d like, though). There are days when I do regular workouts too, just to be clear, but I actually enjoy those. If you donâ€™t, then donâ€™t do them.
Every day this month, focus on fun and play and joy.