I’m going to make a bold statement here: I hate running.
Nothing about pounding the pavement or tearing up the treadmill really appeals to me. The only running mileage I clock up is the brief spurts of jogging I do when feeling particularly energetic on my walks. But then my lungs start burning, my face turns an interesting shade of red, and I return to the glory of my walk.
I am a walker. Not a runner.
And I’m perfectly ok with that.
However, just because I don’t run doesn’t mean I’m not fit. Fitness is a very individual thing, and we all have our strengths and weaknesses. You may be born to run, while some may be better at lifting heavy things, and others masters of mobility and flexibility. The important thing when it comes to exercise is to just do something.
The options are endless when it comes to fitness and there truly is something for everyone. So if you aren’t into running or going to the gym why not consider these options:
- Sign up for a dance class
- Play group sport such as basketball, soccer or football
- Join a walking or hiking group
- Get gardening! If you don’t have a green space of your own, volunteer at a community garden
- For the more adventuresome folk, why not try rock climbing?
- Make a splash: swimming and water sports are great in summer
- Cycle to work or school and consider joining a local club to meet like minded folk
- Try Crossfit if your after a short intense workout which is sure to get you fit
- Setup some at home options: fitness dvds, exercise bands, and dumbells are all great options.
- Head to the local park and let your body be your gym! Try one of these equipment free workouts.
If you choose an activity you love, you are much more likely to stick with it. Movement really does matter for our health and wellbeing: it prevents disease, keeps our hearts healthy, and is excellent stress relief! So if you don’t love what you are doing, try something new! Fitness is meant to be challenging, but fun too.
I personally enjoy circuit style strength training which keeps my heart rate high and strengthens my muscles. I do it because I enjoy it.
For me running sucks. But it may totally be your thing, which is great! I’ve heard the post sweat mood boost is amazing.
But I’ve got my own way of experiencing ‘runner’s high’…
It includes sitting on the couch, with a bar of dark chocolate, watching the men’s olympic sprinting…
Now that’s an endorphin kick I really enjoy