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Creative Ways to “Exercise”

By Scott Koscielak, Health Coach

When it comes to exercise, everyone has different ideas about what that means or looks like. For some it means running, biking, swimming or taking an intense cardio class. For others, it means strength training and lifting weights.

If you’re like me, it doesn’t look like any of those things. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the benefits of exercise. There are actually many ways you can get a workout without doing what many traditionally consider “exercise”—and, there’s no gym membership is required!

  • Play with kids
    Whether your own kids, your nieces and nephews or your neighbor’s kids, go ahead and roughhouse or run around the yard or park. You might actually remember how fun it is to be a kid!
  • Clean up
    You’ve got to do it anyway so why not have fun with it? See how much you can accomplish in 5 or 10 minutes or in the duration of a single song…and once you’ve started, you may as well finish.
  • Dance
    Dancing isn’t just fun, it’s actually great exercise—no matter how well you do it. Dance at home, join a class, take lessons or host a dance party—whatever fits your groove!
  • Play active video games
    From Wii Fit to Dance Dance Revolution to sports-based video games, there are plenty of options to help you get up and move around without really thinking about exercising.

Perhaps the most important part is to be creative and challenge yourself, even just a little bit at a time. Challenge equals change and change equals improvement so challenge yourself to do more and move more. In time, you can start to see and feel the difference.

Scott’s Education and Certifications
Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education
ACSM Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist

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