As much as we talk about health and fitness on this blog, we don't often address how challenging it can be to stay motivated, especially when it comes to exercise. The reality is, not all of us like going to the gym or engaging in traditional fitness classes. Some of us don't feel athletic or coordinated, or we've never felt that comfortable in a gym. Even once we've learned to use the weights and equipment, it's just not that fun. And it doesn't feel that rewarding.
Well, we're here to tell you that it's entirely okay to feel this way. You don't have to like going to the gym. In fact, it's even okay if you don't love working out or dedicating your spare time to fitness.
Phew. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about how we can still practice healthy and active living, even if we opt out of signing up for a gym membership. Because the truth is, fitness isn't tied to your local gym. You can be active without "working out," and you can live a healthy lifestyle without ever stepping foot into another cardio class.
Really, you say? Really.
For starters, being an active person is a fairly broad definition. It can mean you enjoy walking outside rather than driving your car everywhere. It can mean you chase your kids around the house or the local playground. Being active can even mean you work a job where you're on your feet and using your muscles for 8+ hours.
The idea here is this: Living an active lifestyle is what you make it. Don't force yourself to run or lift weights or take a HIIT class if it's not your cup of tea. You can choose to move your body however works best for you. And if you don't like going to the gym, then don't go. Instead, get outside and go on a hike with friends. Or take your family to the zoo where you can walk around all day in the sunshine. Even better, start a new morning habit where you walk around your neighborhood, practice paying attention to your surroundings, and offer gratitude for the day.
Is movement important? Yes, definitely. But do you have to go to the gym to be a healthy person? Absolutely not.