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Get Moving Without going to the Gym

You probably know by now that I’m not really a gym girl. This doesn’t mean I don’t like to be active, though. Staying active is an incredibly important part of my life. I try to keep moving as often as possible.

When I’m not moving, I start to get stiff and sluggish. My mind also gets a bit of brain fog. Also, staying still makes me exhausted. I know, it’s a little counterintuitive.

You know when you just can’t seem to keep your eyes open? Those days when you got 10 hours of sleep the night before but you still need a nap on Sunday at 3 pm? When I’m not moving, that’s how my days go.

So how does a girl who doesn’t like to gym (at least right now) get exercise in? Well, there are a few different ways.

As much as I love a good sweat sesh, my favorite forms of exercise are the ones that I don’t actually consider a workout. They’re just fun. They’re my preferred way to spend my day.

My absolute favorite is going for a walk. I know, I know. It seems so obvious, but it’s not.

One of the perks of living in Chicago is the view. We can walk to Lake Michigan on the weekend and have a nice backdrop. It’s really just time to chat and relax rather than feel like you’re out for exercise.

City walks are great as well. Not looking for nature necessarily, but being in the atmosphere of the city. It’s such a great way to spend a few hours.

I’m also a photography gal. I have my camera with me a majority of the time. The city is such a beautiful subject to photograph. I love to walk along the lake or even within the city and take pictures of everything. You’d be amazed at the things you can find when you’re clicking away. And what a great opportunity to find these incredible sights than on a walk!

I also like to walk alone. It can be meditative. Sometimes it’s nice to just be with your thoughts. Try it sometime, you won’t be disappointed. I haven’t gotten into meditating at home yet. I currently struggle to sit silently for long, but outside when I’m moving is my perfect environment.

This doesn’t necessarily need to be on the weekend either. It’s so important to get up from your desk during the workday. Take a walk around the building. Meet a friend for coffee and then take the coffee to go.

Okay, enough about walking.

Now that it’s summer (well, almost?) it’s about time to bring out the bike. When the weather is nice, there is nothing quite like riding your bike wherever you need to go.

Before I started working, I rode my bike everywhere. Going shopping during the day? Biked to the store. Went for lunch? Biked to the restaurant. Looking at apartments? Biked to the showing. Anywhere that I could bike, I did.

That’s one of the other great things about Chicago. The Lake Shore Trail is the perfect place to go for a leisurely ride with a nice view of the water or even to get through the city without riding on the street. Just be careful. You never know when someone will walk in front of you.

The suburb where I’m from in Dallas also has a nice bike path, too. If you’re not sure if your town has one, just look online. You may find a new area in town that you’ll love!

Those are my two big ones but there are other ways to get moving as well.

Dancing. I’m not actually much of a dancer which mostly comes from me being a horrible dancer. That doesn’t make it any less fun!

Go out to a bar or club with a group of friends and dance all night! You won’t feel like you’re working out (because you’re not!) but you will feel like you’re having a blast.

Like to cook? Turn on some music and dance around the kitchen while you make dinner. I love doing this when I’m trying a new recipe.

Need to clean the house? Once again, turn on the music and dance around while cleaning. It will make it way more fun!

There are so many ways to get moving. The most important point is to have fun while doing it. This isn’t about fitness. It’s about health. These options are also good for your mental health as well as boosting your creativity. At least, they help boost my creativity.

If you have any other ways you like to get moving, please share!

xo,

Elizabeth

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