Making a Healthy Lifestyle a Priority

We’ve been discussing the Mr. & Mrs. Williams Health and Wealth Challenge. A lot of people prefer to use the gym to stay active. This isn’t always an option or even a desire for everyone however there are alternatives. There shouldn’t be any issues preventing anyone from living a healthy lifestyle if that’s what he or she chooses to do.

One of the most important tools you’ll need is Google because you can access it almost anywhere and it offers access to seemingly unlimited amounts of information. The other is your brain because you have unlimited access to it at all times and sometimes all you need is a little ingenuity! We experienced this on the 4th of July while getting set up to cook out. We couldn’t leave so we turned a playground into an obstacle course to ensure we got our workout in for the day. You don’t necessarily need to leave home to be active. You can start with body weight exercises if you don’t have any equipment. Livestrong.com has a list of body weight exercises that target all muscle groups on their website. The only thing you have to do is pick a spot and exercise. You can also use YouTube to find body weight workout routines for everything ranging from stretching tutorials to 6 week long workout programs.

The same resources will also provide you with at home workouts that include some equipment. You can invest in something as simple as dumbbells and stretch bands or as involved as building a gym at home. The upfront cost of a home gym is the alternative to costs of a gym membership over time. If you opt for more affordable and less space consuming equipment, you can find them in many stores. Walmart, Target, Marshall’s, JC Penny and Dick’s just to name a few. Amazon is also a great resource because they offer a wide variety of equipment in a wide range of prices.

If you don’t want to be confined to your home, there are outdoor activities you can participate in. For starters, you can take your workout outside. You could jump rope or use an adult, weighted hula-hoop for an outdoor workout. You could also go for a walk, hike, jog, run or bike ride. There are numerous activities such as swimming, kayaking, canoeing, etc., that you could participate in. You could also participate in group sports such as soccer, roller derby or basketball. You may also want to search for a local running group to join or take up martial arts.

The type of exercise isn’t the most important aspect of being active. The goal should be to increase your heart rate at least 30 minutes per day. It’s also important to find something active that you enjoy doing. This will make you more likely to be active everyday. If the activity you’re participating in is something you dread, you’re less likely to stick with it. Accountability partners are also useful. You may hold each other accountable by texting or calling each day to check up on the activity. You may do it by exercising together. It’s a lot easier to wake up and decide to not workout when you’re the only one expecting it. If there is someone who is counting on you to show up or even host, then you’re more likely to follow through with the routine on those days.

Goal setting helps some people stay on track. You may have a goal to lose a certain amount of weight. Others set activity related goals such as to complete a 5k race or to participate in a challenge such as the Spartan or Tough Mudder. Whatever your goal is, the final result itself is often the motivation to be active everyday.

Some people find it useful to track their workouts. You can use something as simple as a composition notebook, a phone or even social media to track your progress. You might be surprised by the progress you begin to see within 2 or 4 weeks. It could be an increase in endurance, an improvement in the way you feel or even weight loss. It’s confirmation that you have the ability to live a healthier lifestyle and the motivation to keep going.

What are some things you do to stay active? What are some activities you want to implement into a healthier lifestyle?

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