There are some people in this world who genuinely relish the sensation of exercise. They get a kick from feeling sweat running down their neck and struggling for breath, and actually look forward to “feeling the burn”.
The rest of us? Yeah… not so much.
While it’s no secret that exercise is a good thing to do health-wise, it can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore. The phrase “working out” itself is a reminder of just how much work is required.
However, there are ways to get fit without feeling like you’re doing so. The secret is to gift-wrap your workout in an activity that’s so enjoyable, you won’t even notice it’s happening. Here are five techniques to try.
1. Take a walk with a view.
Repeat after me: distraction is your friend. And there’s no better way to distract yourself than with a breathtakingly beautiful walk. Whether you live on the coast or kilometres inland there’s bound to be a scenic walking track or national park in your area, so get researching. The next step is to round up a couple of friends and tackle it together on a leisurely Saturday.
With a gorgeous view and good company to take your mind off the task, it’s amazing how far you can trek without even realising it. Extra points if it’s a coastal trail that allows you to beach-hop and squeeze in a swim here and there.
"There’s no better way to distract yourself than with a breathtakingly beautiful walk." Image: iStock.
2. Do it like a kid.
Hands up if you spent your childhood playing games like handball, tip, skipping and elastics, trying to spin a hula hoop around your scrawny hips, or bouncing on a trampoline? Another question: did you ever notice the insane amounts of energy those activities required? I’m guessing not. That’s because you were too busy having fun.
There’s no rule stating you can’t do these activities over the age of 11, and you might be surprised by how effectively they get your heart rate up. You can pick up skipping ropes and hula hoops pretty cheaply for a home workout, or book a session at a trampolining centre to really work up a sweat. And, just quietly, a game of ‘Catch and Kiss’ with your significant other might also do great things for your fitness...