Fun Getting Fit. Really.

Have you been finding the fun for a while now? You may be ready to turn up the dial and start thinking about that dreaded “f” word – fitness. Don’t worry; we’re not going to ask you to chuck your social life and join a gym. All it takes to get fit is to find a little more fun, every day.

Just remember: something is always better than nothing. Even a little bit of physical activity can help you cut the tension, clear your mind and get energized about life. So if you start getting overwhelmed, just walk away – out the door and around the block. See, you’re already started…

Now that you’re off the couch and feeling better, here’s how to get enough fun so you start to really get fit. The experts recommend that every week you get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity plus two rounds of muscle strengthening activity. If you’re thinking there’s no way you can squeeze 150 minutes into your schedule, think again: that’s just 8 minutes longer than it takes to watch “The Hunger Games” (and we’re not counting the previews).

Make your fitness plan doable by breaking it into smaller pieces. It can be as easy as taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes five days a week and lifting some light weights or doing resistance band work the other two. And while weekly chores like mowing the lawn may not count as fun, they do count toward your weekly fitness goal.

Here’s an example of a fun and varied weekly workout.

  • Monday: Take a brisk 30 minute walk in your favorite park
  • Tuesday: Take your pooch to the dog park and romp for 30 minutes
  • Wednesday: Go to an outdoor Yoga class (strength training)
  • Thursday: Swim laps for 30 minutes
  • Friday: Do heavy gardening for 30 minutes (strength training)
  • Saturday: Play tennis for 30 minutes
  • Sunday: Plan a picnic in the park with your family and while you’re there, take a 30-minute jaunt

Want to learn more about how much fun will get you fit? Click here to get the guidelines from the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.