4 Hobbies that Will get you Moving

10.5.20

With many of our normal forms of exercise cancelled or closed due to the current situation, there are more and more people who are taking up other hobbies to get themselves moving. Although we are restricted at the moment, we are still able to go out for exercise each day, and actually the great thing about hobbies that get you moving, is that they don’t feel like real exercise because you are having fun. They can even be a fab way to kick start a healthy lifestyle! And whether you are continuing with a hobby you have enjoyed for a while or you are looking for something new, getting yourself moving is good for your fitness as well as your mental health. In this post I'm going to be sharing 4 of these activities you could try.


Dancing
Dancing is well known for being something that most people enjoy, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds it hard to resist bobbing their head along to tunes. But there are actually many different ways you can turn dancing into a hobby rather than just a quick boogie around the living room. Whether it’s ballet classes, a Zumba video, or learning hip hop on youtube, there is certainly a style for everyone and for all different levels of ability. Why not even try learning a Tik Tok dance and then showing off your new skill to family and friends!

Running / Jogging
Some people avoid running and jogging at all costs because they see it as a chore, or they associate it purely with exercise. However running and jogging can easily be something that you enjoy and even unwind with. Plus it’s one of the easiest hobbies to get you moving - all you need is a pair of trainers! If motivation is your largest hurdle, have a look at some of the available apps such as Couch to 5K which a lot of people have started doing throughout Covid-19. If you have a partner, one of the best ways to have a little healthy competition, good company, and motivation is to jog together. Just remember to start small and work up to longer distances. You don't want to run out of steam half way round and have no energy to run home.

Cycling
Ok, so biking might not be the easiest thing to get into as you do need to get suitable safety equipment like a helmet and bike lights (and possibly even a bike too). However once you’re set up it can be a really good and exciting hobby to get into. You can exercise at your own pace while enjoying scenic views, and once we're allowed you can enjoy exploring some trails too. While we have some good weather it’s definitely better than sitting on a bike in the gym, that’s for sure.


Yoga
Some people don’t consider yoga to be a fitness hobby, however yoga is fantastic for a complete body workout. It might not look strenuous from a distance, but it’s a brilliant way to improve your health without feeling like you are exercising. There are several different types of yoga, from meditative styles of restorative yoga to more intense workouts of Bikram or Vinyasa. And depending on what type of yoga you choose you can expect to burn as many as 600 calories in a one-hour session! The mental health benefits are fantastic too, especially if you need to relax and zone out right now.

One of the biggest reasons people avoid exercise is because they don’t enjoy it. Turning it into a hobby can help to alleviate this feeling, so why not choose a new hobby to start today!

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