Finding time to do my favorite workout routine has been challenging since the end of May. I’ve been working out my usual 6 days a week, but some days I can’t go as long as I like.
That’s life. Schedules change. The key thing is learning how to work with new schedules. I find that trying to squeeze fitness in through other activities a great way to keep on track.
Yesterday I went kayaking. I went to the gym (and had a great workout, I may add) but when I got the opportunity to do something physical and fun, I jumped at it.
My boyfriend recently purchased two kayaks, and invited me to break them in with him. It was really hot yesterday, so the activity couldn’t have been better.
I had never kayaked before, and it took me awhile to get use to the movement of the boat, using the paddle, and just being out in the water. My boyfriend purchased single kayaks, so I had one to myself. To be frank, I was scared out there. Like I said, I had never done this before, and suddenly the river seemed very big and I very small. Part of me wanted to give up right away, but I put on a brave face. My boyfriend kept on encouraging me from his kayak, and even a group of onlookers cheered me on. Talk about having a support team!
Soon I was getting the hang of it. I began to row faster and more smoothly. By the time we were ready to dock, I had gotten a great back and arm workout, worked on my tan, and had a fun outing with my boyfriend.
The point of my story is that there is always a way to sneak fitness into your day. If you go to school or work in a area with lots of shops or cafes, walk to them instead of driving. If you want to go on a cheap date, opt to go on a trail walk or bike ride to a scenic spot for a picnic. Even swimming at your friends house is a way to sneak in fitness.
The point is to get creative. Don’t make excuses. Fitness can be found at every single turn.
- Creator of Fit is The New Black