Exercise is totally necessary if you want to look and feel good. It can also be intimidating to get started if it’s not anything you’ve thought about or tried before. But there are ways to fit some aerobic (i.e. running around and sweating a lot) or strength training (weight lifting) into your daily life without really cramping your style.
Play sports. If you can’t get enough of shooting hoops with your girls or playing touch football with your boys, you’re already getting really good exercise. The great thing about sports activities is that they’re fun—you don’t even realize you’re working out. And you don’t have to be some hardcore jock to use sports to your benefit. As little as 20 or 30 minutes of sports-related aerobic exercise will keep you lean and fit. Play whatever sport you like best so long as you work up a sweat. Sweating is a sign that you are burning off fat and helping blood move throughout your body.
Dance your ass off. Pretty much all forms of dance are intense workouts. After all, b-boys can’t stand on their heads and work their insane moves without being in amazing shape! Whether you’re a b-boy, love to lock, pop, 2-step, krump, or enjoy other forms of dancing, there is no wrong way to use dance as your main form of exercise. Turn on your radio or your mp3 player for 30 minutes and just let loose. It doesn’t matter if you’re any good. You just have to move and sweat. Once you get a taste of how good free-form movement feels, you’ll want to get more of it, and your health will be the better for it.
Get active with your pets. Take your dog for a daily walk that lasts at least 20 minutes. Walk as fast as you can, or try running. Playing a game of Frisbee or throwing a tennis ball around are also ways to keep you and your pet in shape. If you don’t have a dog, ask a neighbor, friend or family member if you can borrow theirs. If you’re smart about it, it could also turn into a way to make some extra dough.
Start walking. Walking is the easiest way to build a fitness habit. If you walk home from school and have a backpack full of heavy textbooks, try running or jogging for a few blocks. The added weight of the books will cause your body to work harder and burn more fat. If you take the bus, try getting off the bus a few stop short of yours and walk those few extra blocks. When the weather’s nice, make taking a brisk walk around the block part of your after-dinner routine. Walking after dinner both feels good and can help stave off cravings for dessert.
You don’t have to set aside a lot of time to get in shape. Use your favorite activities that you do every day anyway to get fit. Once movement becomes part of your regular routine, you’ll naturally be inclined to grind harder. Success will be yours in no time.