I hate working out. I’ve never been athletic, I have terrible endurance and I can’t play sports well to save my life. Keeping in shape and healthy has always been a struggle for me since I just don’t enjoy it. That doesn’t mean I don’t work out, because I do. It’s just never something I enjoy. My idea of staying fit is through hikes, long walks through the city, kayaking, that sort of thing. But you can’t go on a 5 mile hike every morning in the real world. So, I gathered some of my tips and tricks for staying in shape when you either A) don’t like working out or B) don’t have a lot of time to do so.
1. Figure out if you want to exercise in the morning or evening. This makes all the difference in actually working out. I’m one of those people who will only ever do a workout if it’s right away in the morning. I’ve tried to plan a run in the evening after work, but I’m ALWAYS too tired or hungry after work, so I’ve learned that if I’m going to get my heart rate up at all, it has to be in the morning. But i know some people love going for a run after work to let out steam. It’s all up to you.
2. Set aside your workout clothes and shoes in a visible place so you can’t ignore them. I always put mine at the bottom of my bed so right when I wake up I can put them on and just go!
3. On that note, JUST DO IT! Nike totally got it right. For me, the longer I think about running up these San Francisco hills, the easier it is to put it off. I’ll come up with other reasons, like needing to cook dinner or finish a project. All excuses.
4. Take it easy if you want – you don’t need to run a marathon each time you work out to make it count. I don’t go on long runs every time. Sometimes I only go 5-6 blocks if I’m pressed on time. I’d rather work up a bit of sweat versus not exercise at all.
5. Sign up for a class if you can’t get yourself out the door on your own. I’m not a class person (I’m always too busy to stick to other people’s schedules) but my college roommate swears by them. She goes to yoga, kickboxing, spin class – you name it. If that’s something you think would be good for you, seek out classes at local gyms. Many offer your first class for free so you can try out a free classes at different gyms to see if it’s something you’ll want to continue.
6. If anything, just go for a walk at lunch or after work. Moving your body, even in a casual way, is still really good for you. When I’m in the office, I’ll make sure to take a 15 minute walk around the area during lunch. It totally helps keep me focused and less stressed. Robin and I also really love taking walks together each evening, which is great for catching up without the distraction of tech and a good way to stretch my legs out after a day of sitting.
7. Use a fitness wearable like Mira. We’re all about wearables here in San Francisco. I’ve been using Mira (pictured above) only about a week but I’m already obsessed. It’s designed to look like jewelry and tracks all your steps you take throughout the day. Since I’m not always in the mood to work out, I love how I can see the distance I walked during the day and when a day is lower than other days, I feel motivated to take a walk or go for a run. I’m a very visual person and this works to get me out the door. Mira even has motivation tips to get you going if you feeling lazy. While setting up the app, Mira gets to know you and offers tips & motivation that you’ll actually enjoy. If you’re busy like me, I highly suggest checking out a wearable like Mira.
I hope these tips help you in your quest to stay healthy! If you got more tips, leave them in a comment below!