Chances are good that when you were a kid no one had to tell you to work out. You just did it. But you didn’t call it “working out.” You just called it “playing.” Now you feel the need to get psyched up for the gym and on some days you absolutely dread it.
This isn’t an uncommon feeling, even among those who live and die by their trips to the gym. People get burned out or else they just lack motivation on certain days. What’s more, it’s incredibly common for ironheads to dread their cardio days. So what if there were a better way?
Nothing is stopping you from reembracing your inner child and getting serious fitness gains out of it. Remember the number one rule of determining what the best workout is: It’s the one that you’re going to do, day after day, week after week, without someone pestering you to do it.
So in the spirit of both better gains at the gym and a more active lifestyle, let us present some ways for you to reconnect with your inner child and get a more active lifestyle going that won’t feel like “working out.” It will just feel as natural and easy as playing did when you were a child.
The Essence of Whimsical Workouts
Whimsical workouts are playful ones. They redefine fitness as something that happens at the gym and make it more about doing things you enjoy that also burn calories, keep your heart rate up, and help you to be both fitter and healthier at the same time, without the drudgery and grind of an hour spent lifting weights or running on the treadmill.
Now you might feel a little silly playing childhood games like hopscotch or double dutch. Here’s the thing, though: Feeling a little silly is great. Because it takes your focus away from the fact that you’re “working out” and brings the whimsy and playfulness of childhood back into what you’re doing. Remember, what we’re shooting for here is joyous motion, one that breaks free from the monotony of traditional exercises.
Another way to practice whimsical fitness is through dance. Dancing is fun, great for balance and flexibility, and burns a ton of calories. You can go out dancing or you can take one of the several exercise classes centered around dance like Zumba or hip-hop aerobics, or you can just have an impromptu dance party in your kitchen.
Finally, consider an adventure as a workout. This can mean obstacle courses, nature hikes, or even extended explorations of the urban landscape by foot or bike. When you consider all of these things as whimsical workouts, there’s literally no reason why you can’t get moving.
The point of all this is to get moving in ways that don’t feel like “working out.”
Whimsical workouts are proof positive that fitness doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can be as joyful as your childhood was. Infuse a little whimsy into your life and get fit while also cultivating a positive, lighthearted mindset. Let the free part of your spirit guide you and don’t listen to the part of your brain that tells you you’re acting silly – acting silly is entirely the point.
What “silly” activity from childhood do you miss most? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.