Fitness and Physical Activity are very important for living a healthy and balanced lifestyle, but they don’t start and stop at the gym doors. It’s important to incorporate them into everyday life. It’s not just about lifting weights and running on treadmills. It’s so much more! And you’re probably doing some activities that improve health without even knowing it. Did you take the stairs instead of the elevator today? Did you end up parking further from work than usual causing a longer walk? Did you go outside and play in the snow with your kids? If you’ve always wanted to get into shape or lose weight or just be healthy, a great place to start is by looking at your everyday life. Start with some successes. What are some great things that you are doing already? Then challenge yourself. How can I be more consistent with these activities? How can I make them more challenging? What other things in my life can I tweak and alter in order to be more active? Be creative and make it fun!
Looking at my life, I almost always take the stairs and I usually park further away from store. So, I’ve decided to start going back to the gym (seeing as it’s free on campus and I’m there everyday anyway). My goal is not to lose weight or become a beef cake, as I am very happy with how I am now, it is just to be healthy and try to balance out some of those nasty eating habits I have (love me some bacon cheeseburgers). I’ve done the gym thing many times over the years, but this time I wanted an easier way to track my progress. I did some googling and came across this great site that makes being active engaging and fun. I’ll be tracking all my progress through Fitocracy. The more I explore this site and use it, the more I love it! It’s got a great app that allows you track your work outs and activities as you go. It also allows you to track day to day tasks, like helping your sister move. The online community so far has been wonderfully supportive and you can take part in quests, challenges and duels. It’s kind of like a video game where every activity that you log gains you points and as they add up you reach new levels (you can be your own pokemon). Come and follow me on my journey and maybe log a few tasks of your own (Fitocracy).
Smiles and sunshine,
PS … here is another great site that does a similar thing but with walking, UWALK. I have yet to check it out, but if you do a lot of walking or already have a pedometer you should sign up and make your walking 1000 times more fun. Let me know how it goes.