Get Out And Play! September 1st, 2012
We all know that a regular exercise regimen is key to our mental and physical well-being. It allows us to blow off some steam, get our muscles moving and our heart pumping. But what can you do when your daily exercise has begun to blend in with the rest of your at times monotonous routine?
Experts are finding that a daily exercise routine may no longer be enough to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Most working Americans find themselves sitting still at a desk all day which can lead to a decrease in your metabolism, an increased risk of developing diabetes and reduced cardiovascular health. Even if you exercise daily it’s nearly impossible to counteract the damage done throughout the day. This means that it is critical that throughout the working day you get up and move around a little. Some offices are also adopting new policies to try to improve their employee’s health, including adjustable desks which allow you to stand, desks with treadmills attached and substituting exercise balls for chairs. But what can you do to improve your health outside of the workplace and how can you make exercise fun?
While a daily exercise routine is great, you may find yourself in need of a little adventure. The Wall Street Journal recently showcased cupcake shop owners, Kristen Beckmeyer and Meredith Sullivan for their commitment to adventure racing. In need of an escape from their day to day schedules Ms. Beckmeyer began to research adventure racing. Adventure racing consists of a whole host of activities which range from running, to biking in swamps, to climbing trees, to kayaking and always include a heavy amount of navigation. Often the races last days although some are crafted to be completed in under twelve hours. The races are always grueling and are meant to push contestants to their limits. Adventure racing is a good way to stimulate the mind and body and a fun way to enjoy the weekend. If you’re not up for the time commitment or are looking for an activity for the whole family to enjoy there are however a whole host of alternatives.
For a less expensive and more tame activity consider participating in a few local races. Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by high registration costs or intense competition. More and more grassroots racing is becoming a popular alternative to the corporate sponsored events. New York residents Mike Olivia and Mike Arnstein have now organized a handful of local races which have taken place on holidays. They aim to foster a fun and free racing environment. They want locals to have an opportunity to run for fun. By engaging in such stress free weekend activities you give yourself the opportunity to meet new people while engaging in physical exercise. But perhaps you’re looking for something a bit more unconventional.
Toby Bost is the CEO of a La Jolla based apparel manufacturer and he makes sure he finds the time to surf and wake board on the weekends. He often packs up the family and they travel to their vacation home where he can get some downtime and have a little physical fun. While water based activities may be a little pricier they can be highly rewarding and a lot of fun. So what is the benefit of getting some nontraditional exercise in on the weekend?
Experts have proven that by engaging in activities that are meaningful to you, you’re more likely to have a sense of prolonged happiness and an overall healthier life. If you engage in playtime on the weekends you may be more likely to develop a positive psychological frame of mind. Developing a hobby that you love can be a great alternative to the often stress filled environment of the local gym and can provide some serious improvements in your life. Playtime isn’t just for kids anymore, so go ahead, get out there and have some fun.
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