Let’s face it – nobody really likes to exercise. Oh sure, there are people that “love going to the gym”or “don’t feel right if they don’t work out,”but honestly, exercising, or at least the way we think about it, is miserable. But it doesn’t have to be. There are tons of activities that are both fun and great exercise, and there’s no better time to try them out than today Saturday, September 26, which just so happens to be National Family Health and Fitness Day.
Here in Arlington, there are a plethora of walking trails through our various parks. These trails offer beautiful scenery and a chance to go out and take in our city while getting some exercise in. Biking is also a peaceful way to get around and get your blood pumping. You may not think of walking or biking as too serious of an exercise, but hey – it’s better than sitting on your couch for an entire Saturday!
Saturday would also be a great time to sign up for classes at the YMCA and plan out your exercise for the future. The Y is great because it gives young children a chance to get active as well. Sign-up for youth sports is going on right now, and nothing is better for a young child than an opportunity to be competitive, have fun, and get moving, all at the same time.
That’s the thing about National Family Health and Fitness Day: one day isn’t going to cut it. Instead of going and just exercising on Saturday, make today the start of something big in your life. Use this as an excuse to jumpstart a concentrated health makeover for your life. It doesn’t have to be New Year’s Day for you to make a resolution.
Suggestions? Don’t go out to eat three times a week. Stay at home and cook. Even if you’re not making a salad every night, odds are it’s still better than (admittedly delicious) fast-food burgers.
Make yourself a chart, and stick to it. When you write things down, you’ll feel more obligated to follow them. Tell yourself, “I’m going to exercise on this day, at this time,” and do everything in your power to keep your promise. Before you know it, you’ll develop a habit of working out.
When you get right down to it, there’s almost no excuse for not exercising. Everyone can find thirty minutes to an hour to do some crunches or pushups, or go on a jog or a walk. It may not seem like much, but hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your new-and-improved self won’t be built in one workout session.
National Family Health and Fitness day should serve as a motivator. Make this Saturday part of the rule, not the exception. Instead of saying “I’m going to go for a jog today,” say “I’m going to start going on jogs.” And make it fun! Take people with you. Nothing’s worse than running or walking or working out by yourself. Misery loves company, and if you really hate exercising, you might as well share your misery with someone else.
The point here is that everyone can and should take part in physical exercise on a regular basis. If you’re not already doing so, then Saturday is a great time to start. Go out and do something. You might just find that there’s a brand new you waiting to be discovered.