It’s commonly known that physical activity can help prevent a range of health problems, including heart attack and stroke. Maternity doctors even recommend it during pregnancy to prevent back pain and other problems. If you’re finding it difficult to motivate yourself to exercise regularly, you may need to change your workout program. Look for innovative ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.
Offer to Babysit
There’s a good reason why parents of young kids seem exhausted; youngsters are full of energy! If you don’t have kids, offer to babysit for your friends or family members. Running around after a young child for an afternoon can burn quite a few calories. Plan to spend the day chasing squirrels at a local park, playing hopscotch on the sidewalk, rollerblading, riding a scooter, or jumping rope while singing rhymes.
Grab a Frisbee
The traditional method of playing Frisbee doesn’t involve much running – unless your fellow players have poor aim. Instead, consider taking up Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate Frisbee is played by two teams and involves nearly non-stop running. In fact, the only time players stop running is when they’re in possession of the Frisbee, at which point they must pass it immediately.
Become a Philanthropist
If you’re the type of person who likes to multitask, consider turning your workouts into philanthropic activities. There are many ways to stay active while contributing to a good cause. You could volunteer at a worksite for Habitat for Humanity, for example. Or, you could organize a car wash or dance-a-thon and donate the proceeds to a local kids’ sports team. You might also consider signing up for a walk, run, or bike ride to raise money for cancer research.
Southern Hills Hospital is pleased to offer healthy living strategies to residents of the Las Vegas community. Contact our hospital at (702) 880-2100 and ask us about H2U – Health to You – which provides timely wellness information and interactive health tools. Our nationally accredited hospital provides emergency care, orthopedic care, maternity care, and much more.