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Finding Fitness in Unique Ways

By Mae Elizabeth

The information provided herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as medical advice or to replace professional medical care. You should always seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any new medication or dietary supplement, as well as when starting new exercise regimens. The opinions stated herein are those solely of the writer who has been compensated by the up4® Probiotics Brand, and do not portray the opinions of the brand, i-Health, Inc., or DSM.

Mae Elizabeth» is a photographer, blogger and fitness instructor. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, practicing yoga and eating delicious food. Follow her at www.MaeElizabeth.com and @MaeElizabethG.

Fitness doesn’t have to mean personal trainers, studio classes and gym memberships. For some, traditional fitness programs can get repetitive, aren’t financially available or can be time intensive. While you don’t have to spend multiple hours a week training for an event, finding ways to incorporate movement into your life is essential.

Subtle Changes, Meaningful Results

Making the commitment to your health and wellness isn’t a task to take lightly, but sometimes the idea of working out can put up some serious mental hurdles. Instead of making it a chore, choose something fun and simple. Here are a few non-traditional ideas that don’t mean waking up at 5 a.m. to hit the gym before work:

  • Dance! This doesn’t have to be lessons at your local dance studio. You can follow how-to YouTube videos at home, play dance video games (yes, that’s a thing) or go out on the town with friends.
  • Explore your city by bike. Sign up for a bike tour to take in your city from a different view or research some bike routes in your area.
  • Trampolines aren’t just for kids—there are indoor trampoline parks where you can go and just bounce your heart out!
  • Make it simple. Use a stability ball instead of a chair while you’re at your desk. You will be working your core without even realizing it.
  • Pick a step goal and find creative ways to meet it. Hit your goal everyday by making small changes in your daily schedule. Try walking around while waiting for your table at a restaurant, walk in place while standing in the checkout line or bring in groceries a little at a time rather than trying to carry everything at once.

Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to mean fitness classes, heavy weights or running marathons. Instead, integrate fun activities into your daily life like playing in the yard with your dog, catching up with a friend over coffee while walking through a park or just dancing around your house! Even the smallest changes can make a big impact.