Regardless of why you despise exercise, the fact remains that it’s essential to your health and well being.
A recent study from the American Cancer Society and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found a link between long periods of sitting and a higher risk of death from cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and diseases related to the kidneys, lungs, and liver. The study found that sitting for six or more hours a day was linked to a 19 per cent higher rate of death from the aforementioned causes.
But maybe you’re still adverse to exercise – so we’ve outlined some fun activities that’ll get you moving and off that couch:
If you’re a gamer, then you know how a good gaming session can get that heart pumping – all from the comfort of your living room.
“Almost every popular video game platform has a fitness-based game that uses motion-tracking technology,” says Kami Price, a NASM-certified personal trainer and the head trainer at IdealShape.
“Not only do they get you up and moving, they can also serve an even more fun purpose by bringing together your loved ones for a little friendly competition and bonding time.”
Take a swing at a batting cage session: “Swinging the bat is a great workout for your upper body, legs and abs,” says Dempsey Marks, an AFAA-certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, and creator of the PreGame Fit fitness program.
“You will have so many laughs with your friends and family that the time will fly by. And watch out for the competitor in you that you never knew you had.”
An old-school gym classic that you can do as an adult, too, says Janine Delaney, PhD, known as the Jump Rope Queen of social media, and a former professional ballerina.
Delaney embodies the engaging, full-body activity of jumping rope. “It’s one of the most effective overall body workouts for any age level,” she says. “It provides a great workout, can be done anywhere, and is a lot of fun.”
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