While there are always those exercise nuts out there who thrive on torturing their bodies into fitness, most people say they don’t have the time or inclination to exercise. This is a real tragedy because nothing is healthier than daily exercise, except perhaps a healthy diet low in saturated fats and refined sugar.
Have you finally realized that your sedentary lifestyle is slowly killing you? If so, you might want to learn some of the wisdom of yoga master, Ilchi Lee, who says that the key to health and wellbeing can be found in nature. This is one philosophy to live by through which you can fool your body into exercising, even if you really don’t want a structured regimen.
1. Walk the Dog
Instead of opening the back door to let Fido out to do his business, why not take him for a walk in the local dog park? Both you and the dog will benefit from this and you will learn one lesson from Ilchi while doing so. On his Facebook page, Ilchi says that “You are nature.” While walking your dog you will have time to look around you at the beauty of this planet you inhabit. You will learn to be one with nature but just as importantly, you will be exercising without even knowing it!
2. Park in the Outer Limits
While it might be an exercise in futility to get you to walk to the store, there is more than one way to skin a cat. The next time you go to the mall or supermarket, park as far out as possible. Not only will you get more exercise walking into the store, but your car will be safer as well! Few people are ambitious enough to park in the outer limits of the lot and so you will also be less likely to end up with scratches and gouges in your paint job from careless people getting out of their own vehicles, mindless of how close they parked to you.
3. Take the Kids to the Park
Here’s another way to fool your body into getting that much needed workout. While you may be tempted to let the kids play in the yard or in the local playground, why not take a trip to the park? It may have a swing set and slide, but you are going to be busy chasing them down when they wander too far away. You might also like to take them hiking on a nature path to show them some of the beautiful plants, birds, butterflies and little creatures who inhabit the woods.
Whatever you do, make it a fun experience. Dance while you’re cleaning, jump to reach things and by all means, get off the sofa and onto your feet. You won’t begrudge the time spent ‘exercising’ because you will not be in a fitness mode. Instead, you can trick yourself into getting increased levels of activity while doing things you like, or really need to do. It has worked for countless others. It can work for you too, if you let it. So, get up and get going!