I’m officially 31 and I love it! My birthday was amazing.. just a nice relaxing day, a little yoga and a lot of treats! haha!
But I will say it’s nice to get back into my normal schedule and routine. Today I wanted to share some ideas to help make working out fun. I think a popular perspective is seeing fitness as a chore or something you have to do, rather than something you get to do. You don’t have to run or walk on the treadmill for an hour or do the same old strength exercises in a circuit.. basically, you don’t have to be bored or dread your workout to see real results. And you certainly should skip your workout today because “Sunday Fun Day.”
The key to seeing results is consistency, but if you’re bored with your workout and don’t want to show up because you’re dreading it.. it’s hard to stay consistent. I’ve been there. I used to have a gym date every Tuesday and Thursday morning with one of my friends. Each time we went, we did the same thing.. elliptical for 45 minutes, then went through the machines. We were constantly canceling on each other because this was boring. Yeah, it was fun to hang out, but what we were doing was not fun and we weren’t actually seeing any difference in our bodies.
Since I started working out at home, choosing programs that I love and my body responds to, I’ve seen real results. Why? Because I actually like what I’m doing. When I find myself losing interest, I switch it up. I look for something similar, but a different program or trainer. Or I dust off my DVD’s and do one of those.
I’m not saying you have to workout at home. The gym can be a great place and if it’s what you want to do, awesome! The biggest thing is that you get movement in.
But I digress…
Let’s get into the good stuff..
Workouts you can do today.
Adventures you can have today.
A little inspiration and motivation to start your week.
Or a little of all three.
That’s me in my natural element: Drinking coffee, doing a tree pose, and hanging out my house plants. haha! I wrote this last week and I’m pretty psyched about it. Click the link to see some really fun workouts to try. On the list: cardio, free weights, learn how to be a mermaid, and at least two different workouts on the beach. I mean, what else do you need on a Sunday?
Explore a Park
You know I love this one! If the weather is beautiful near you, take advantage… Get out and enjoy it! Go visit a local metro park, a state park, or a national park or wildlife refuge. Maybe go somewhere new. Take your phone and capture the experience, but don’t forget to actually soak it all in. Maybe snap a few photos of yourself in yoga poses for Instagram. (If you do, tag me – I’m @crimsnmacchiato – so I can see and show you some love!)
If you’re in Ohio or in a bordering state… or if you’re looking to plan a trip, check out these articles for some inspo:
By now, I’m sure you all know that I love YouTube. It’s a fantastic resource for at home fitness…. but a simple fitness search can get overwhelming. There are a lot of gurus and average Joes fighting for your attention. I tend to stick to a few people who create amazing content that will actually garner results. If you’re interested in learning more, I break it all down in these two articles:
Play a game
If the weather is crappy, or you just don’t feel like changing out of your pajamas.. how about trying a fun active game? You could fire up that old Wii system and play WiiFit. (I love that game so much! I’m sad that our Wii doesn’t work anymore.. this was always one of my favorite things to do on Sundays.) My son loves playing Kinect Sports Rivals. It’s a pretty fun game. There are different sports to try, like bowling, soccer, and tennis. It even includes rock climbing (which I am not good at in the game. haha!) But any game that requires you to get up and get moving (in a safe manner) is an awesome way to get some movement in!
Movie and a Workout
Throw on your favorite movie or TV show and .. either clean and decorate for the holiday (which, yes, is a workout in itself) or try this workout from the Tone It Up girls. It’s a fun way to mix it up!
If you are looking to start working out at home or want some inspo on how to achieve your fitness goals, check out:
And a little extra inspiration and motivation for your week:
I hope that helps make your Sunday workout more fun. Now get moving!
Have a great week friends!!