No, it’s not impossible. You can fall in love with exercise instead of having that dreaded feeling every time you lace up your sneakers. The trick to falling in love with fitness is finding something you love to do, and trying new things because you may discover a dormant passion for line dancing, snowshoeing, or even something as exotic as fencing. It’s time to uncover your inner athlete and fall in love yet again!
Square Dancing – This energetic style of dance may look strange to you – but it’s great exercise – and great fun! This folk dancing tradition has existed in Canada for centuries and has maintained its popularity as a social activity often deemed “friendship set to music.” Now this form of dance is even more popular as people are doh-si-dohing their way to being fit! Don’t knock IT before you try it! You may forget you’re getting fit because you’re having so much fun!
Snowshoeing – Snowshoes are thousands of years old, and Native Canadians used to use snowshoes as a form of transport. Only since the last few centuries has snowshoeing become a recreational sport. Now, Canadians in the United States are strapping on their snowshoes and heading for the trails to spend time outdoors, at one with nature, while boosting cardiovascular fitness and toning their backsides. Today’s modern snowshoes are typically lightweight, aluminium frames with fabric decks and strap bindings instead of the classic bent-wood frames crisscrossed with rawhide strips. Lately, many celebrities have talked about the physical benefits of snowshoeing, especially when it comes to toning your glutes and quads.
Buddy Up! – It’s no secret that having a fitness buddy helps get you going. Let’s face it, when your doorbell rings at 6 a.m., you’re not going to hide under the covers and ignore your buddy. Or, when your work buddy grabs you for your daily lunchtime power walk, you’re less likely to sit at your desk and graze. A workout buddy provides a little extra incentive to get you going, and a little less response time to say no to exercise!
Feel Good in Fun Clothes! – Remember the old adage about how when you look good, you feel better? This goes for the gym too. If you buy yourself some fun fitness clothes that you feel good in, you are more likely to have more confidence in yourself and as a result, push yourself harder at the gym. Stores like Winners and The Bay offer great deals on workout clothes that have the ability to endure any fitness test. Remember, if you look the part, you’re more likely to feel the part!
Position Yourself Properly – Sometimes watching others can give you just the boost you need get started at the gym. Look around you and position yourself next to an Eagle Ridge Fitness Personal Trainer and watch yourself take off! You’ll soon be running to keep up with them…