Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Years Resolution Challenge: Get Active

Did you know that the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardio, 5 days a week OR 20 minutes of vigorous cardio 3 days a week?

This may seem like a lot, but remember...this time can be broken up throughout your day! You could do quick 15 minutes workouts twice a day or two to three 10 minute workouts to reach your total of 20-30 minutes a day.

I know...this sounds like a hassle if you work a busy schedule and aren't used to exercising. But I promise, as soon as you make a good routine, it's not as hard as it may seem!

If you find the gym to be too plain and boring, maybe try picking up an active hobby. I tried bouldering (a form of rock climbing) at Progression Climbing with one of my friends a while back and not only was it fun, but it was an AMAZING workout and I was sore for days afterwards! 

Sorry about the picture quality
Or, at this time of the year, you could also try something seasonal such as snow skiing or snowboarding! 

I took this picture right before I went down the slopes at Wintergreen, VA!
And if all else fails and you do find yourself at the gym, try fun fitness classes! I used to be a Zumba instructor and it wasn't unusual for me to burn 400 calories per class (according to my heart rate monitor)!
Sorry again about picture quality! This was taken with my GoPro.
There are so many different ways to incorporate activities into your day, you just have to want to!


Anonymous said...

And for those who are super stubborn about their free time (like me), I love my treadmill desk. There's a decent upfront cost, but it's a one-time thing. I walk up to 8 miles a day while working.

hashtagfablife said...

I used to teach Zumba too! It ended up being too much with all the other dancing I teach but I do miss it!