No Need to Be a Couch Potato! | 12 Fun Ideas to Get You Moving

by Natalie on September 15, 2011

Research studies have shown that physical activity can help prevent both pre and postmenopausal breast cancer.
If the idea of a gym sounds nauseating to you, don’t worry! There are plenty of other ways to be active.

In order for physical activity to become a part of your regular lifestyle, it needs to be fun!

Here are some ideas to get you moving:

  1. Go for a long walk at one of your local forest preserves, or better yet, if you live by mountains go for a hike. One of my favorite things to do in the whole world is go hiking in the mountains. Since I don’t live by mountains, I usually only get to do this when I travel.
  2. Walk to a fun destination such as a coffee shop or farmer’s market. Walking is more fun when you have a fun destination in mind.
  3. Try a new class that interests you. This could be yoga, tai chi, pilates, dance, or martial arts. Park districts will often offer a series of classes for an affordable price.
  4. If you live by water, check your area to see if any places offer canoe or kayak rentals.
  5. Try a run/walk. I enjoy a good run/walk because it ignites a little competition in me. Heres why: I set mental points within the landscape every 50 or 100 yards. I say to myself something like, “when I hit that fire hydrant I am going to run or sprint until I reach that oak tree”. Then I will walk and continue the process. So every 50 or 100 yards, I am alternating running with walking. You don’t need to do this sprinting, you can do light jog/walk. I find that my run goes by very fast if I play this little “game”. I also tend to break more of a sweat than when I just jog.
  6. Go for a long bike ride. Rent bikes if you don’t own one. My husband and I have been dying to rent bikes and ride the lakeshore path from downtown Chicago to the northern suburbs.
  7. Visit a farm or an orchard for some berry, apple or pumpkin picking (depending on the season). Some community farms may even have other programs available. The bonus is that you get to take home some yummy food!
  8. Go horseback riding. You don’t need to own a horse to do this one. Search your area for local barns that offer trail rides.
  9. For the urban gals, take a morning or afternoon to explore one of your favorite areas in the city. This is best done on foot.
  10. Go to the zoo. I love walking around Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.
  11. Get together with some friends to play some fun outdoor games like bocce or bags.
  12. Schedule a 5K with some of your friends. Almost anyone can train for and complete a 5K race. It will help get you motivated without being “overkill”. Another bonus is that many of the races go to a good cause.

What are your ideas? Leave a comment in the comments section below!

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Fanny Waist Pack September 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

As women, we love to do things with friends, so the idea of an urban “hike” ending up at a great coffee shop or movie seems very motivating. These kinds of things can be set up for regular activities using meetup.com.

Natalie September 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Urban hikes are fantastic, even better with friends! Your right, it is motivating to have something fun to look forward to at the end of a long walk.

Heather September 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Yard work might not sound “fun” but planting a garden (spring/summer) or raking leaves on a crisp fall day is a great way to get outside and get moving. Can’t forget about shoveling snow too, sometimes I do enjoy it!

Natalie September 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Your right! Yard work can be fun and it is a great way to get exercise. Any time spent out in nature is well worth it, even if some work is required.

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