Let’s face it—everyone’s busy, and almost anyone can think of something they’d rather be doing than spending two hours at the gym each day. However, we also know that taking care of our bodies and exercising regularly is important not only to keep ourselves trim, but to also keep our minds active as well. So when you have your days jam-packed with work, family and other obligations, how can you find time to get in a workout while simultaneously fulfilling everything else you’ve got to do? For those feeling like this, here are three things you can do to get in a great workout without feeling like you’re working out or giving up quality time with your friends and family.
Visit a Museum or Gallery
The act of walking is amazing exercise and can be done by almost anyone, regardless of your current health level. However, not everyone enjoys just walking around the block each and every day. Luckily, there are tons of other ways to get your steps in without feeling like a hamster on a wheel.
One great way to encourage yourself to walk more is to visit a museum or art gallery. Because of the way these places are set up, you have to walk between pieces or exhibits. And depending on how big the museum or gallery is that you’re visiting, you could walk anywhere from a half mile to more than five miles without even noticing!
Jumping On a Trampoline
Remember that trampoline you got the kids so they’d spend more time outside and less time camped in front of the TV on the weekends? Well, it might be time for you to break in some of those springs as well.
According to Sarah Robertson, a contributor for LiveStrong.com, jumping on a trampoline—also referred to as trampolining—can burn anywhere from 126 to 167 calories in just 30 minutes. So the next time your kids ask you to jump with them and you remember that you haven’t exercised yet that day, take this opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
Anything that gets your body moving is a lot better for your health than something that keeps you stationary. And although you may not think about your job as a parent as exercise, it definitely is. In fact, according to Jenny Sugar, a contributor for PopSugar.com, things like playing with your kids, carrying around a baby, pushing a stroller, and even cleaning up messes can burn an unbelieveable amount of calories during the day. Knowing this, there’s no reason to feel guilty if you choose to spend time with your kids rather than going to the gym every once in awhile.
If you’ve always hated working out and dreaded hitting the gym, it may be time for you to reassess what actually constitutes exercise. Use the list above to help you become more active without sacrificing time with friends and family.