Turning a hobby into exercise
doesn't mean hours of grueling pain, slogging away in a gym or walking
for miles just to burn a few calories. Exercise can be fun and combining
exercise with a hobby is the best way to make sure that you will enjoy
the activity and get benefits to your health.
Here's a few things that you could try if you haven't got a hobby.
Take up exercise photography
Taking photos of things you like to look at is something we can all
enjoy. If you are reading this page then chances are you have a computer,
photography can be a great and rewarding hobby. The best thing is
you get to walk around taking photos, and walking is called exercise.
Bird watching to lose weight
Go to your local park and count the birds. Take a little of the bread
you are trying to give up and feed the birds with it. Looking up into
the trees or onto the neighborhood roof tops will stretch those neck
muscles and walking is the best form of exercise yet.
What could be better than walking around town for an hour or so looking
into the windows of your favorite stores. Everybody likes to shop and
everyone likes to dream of what they could buy if money was no object.
How about window
shopping for the new clothes you will buy when you are 20 kilos
Flying a kite
We loved to do it as kids, why not as we get older?
You don't have to go on holidays to go sightseeing. There is something
different that happens in your local area everyday and some people actually
come to your neighborhood on holidays. Take a stroll around you neighborhood
and look at it from the eyes of a tourist, you will burn calories and
notice a few interesting things at the same time.
One of the most enjoyable hobbies for anybody is gardening. Stretching
down pulling a few weeds out is great activity and keeps the joints
working. If you haven't got a garden yourself, the local council will
probably have a parks and gardens program you could volunteer to join
and do a bit of gardening exercise.
My wife is into photography big time and studied it at university.
When she goes on a camera shoot I usually tag along for company and
to carry the gear. While she was off in her own world I would sit quietly
and watch the world go by, waiting until she was ready to go home. Luckily
I could enjoy wherever we were, just looking at the scenery, but sitting
wasn't being active.
One thing that I noticed is that we see things totally differently.
I would suggest to photograph something that I saw as interesting or
beautiful and would get a quizzical look as if to say, "what the".
So I figured I should take my own photos of what I like and see.
I purchased a digital camera myself and yesterday went on a photo shoot
with my wife to the local botanical gardens. We walked in our own world
for over 3 hours taking photos and while you walk slowly with frequent
stops, it is still counted as exercise. I am planning to go on a photo
shoot to Cape
Hillsborough, where we will have to walk up a mountain to get fabulous
shots over the crystal waters of the Coral Sea. Now that will be great
Get off that couch and burn a few calories enjoying a good hobby.