Many of us want to get in shape but would rather do anything other than squats, push-ups, pull-ups, and lifting weights. If this is you, here are four wonderful options to choose from.
When it comes to martial arts and other combat-based sports, many people believe that practitioners of Brazilian jujitsu, taekwondo, karate, or boxing like to fight. And while some certainly do, many others do not. Their dream is not to beat somebody up, join the UFC or show how tough they are. Instead, they do it because it is a great physical activity and a way of life founded upon virtues like discipline and hard work.
If you want to get in the best shape of your life, meet great coaches, and gain more confidence, then martial arts is something you should definitely look into. Who knows, like many others before you, you might fall in love with it and incorporate it fully into your life.
One word of caution, if you decide you want to spar, make sure to protect your body, your face, and your teeth, especially if you are a beginner. Today, many excellent dentists can do wonders to your pearly whites. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t act with caution whenever you can.
Before the entire world knew him as a billionaire superhero played by Robert Downey Jr. in the Avengers’ movie saga, Ironman was known by most as a grueling test of physical endurance, a challenge only the top athletes on earth would dare to attempt. Consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 120-mile bicycle ride, and a full marathon, just thinking about it made many exhausted.
You will not make large sums of money if you don’t place very high in an Ironman race. In fact, you will probably have to spend more than a few dollars and cents on equipment and travel fees. Furthermore, it will take you at least a couple of years of training before you can even complete the full distance in a single go.
But luckily, you don’t have to. You can start with a sprint triathlon or an Olympic distance race. Or you could set your own goals and increase them as your endurance grows. The key is not the distance you cover. It’s about taking a chance at accomplishing something exciting and different while at the same time reaping all the benefits it brings.
A Five-kilometer Race
If swimming, riding a bike, and running seem like too much for you, you can choose to only focus on the latter. Needless to say, you will still be engaging in an activity that is highly beneficial to both your physical and mental well-being. In addition, it will be easier to find training partners and workout buddies to share your experience and progress with.
Five kilometers is only a little over three miles. Still, you shouldn’t simply jump at it and hope for the best. Rather, there is a gradual process to follow, as with anything you wish to become good at.
First, you should visit a doctor and get a clean bill of health. Once you’ve done that, the next step is finding the best possible workout plan, one that fits your current physical condition and your time. Finally, you should tackle this challenge full of optimism and hope. After all, you are making a positive change in your life, and you should be proud of it.
Climbing a Mountain
If you are still trying to decide where to go on your next summer vacation, maybe you could try Japan, specifically Shizuoka Prefecture. Nestled in one of the most beautiful places you will ever find is Mt. Fuji, a 3,776 meter-high natural wonder that continues to awe both locals and tourists alike. And if you are lucky enough to climb it, you will be the first person on earth to see the sun coming up that day.
Of course, not everybody can go to Japan or visit Everest in the Himalayas or Matterhorn in Switzerland. Nevertheless, you can still give mountain climbing a try. And if you do so, you will understand why so many people around the world enjoy this activity and cannot wait to do it every chance they get.
But before you embark on this incredible journey, remember to set goals you can achieve. It will make your experience that much more worthwhile.
There you have it, four excellent choices for a healthier and fitter you. Whichever you choose, make sure you give it your best and if you can, find somebody to join you. Aside from helping you stay in shape, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget.