Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and God instructs us to do what we can to protect their integrity. While we often associate this with not smoking, limiting drinking, and eating right, it’s also important that we get plenty of exercise. However, let’s face it. After a long day, it can be difficult to muster the motivation to hit the gym. If this describes you, there are a few fun ways you can take care of the body God gave you that you’ll find yourself exciting to engage in.
Buy a Trampoline
The investment of a trampoline can help you burn calories while you have fun, and it’s also a great way to encourage the family to spend more time together. As you bounce up and down and experience the unusual weightlessness that comes with a good jump, you can burn as many as 407 calories per hour jumping at a moderate pace. You’ll likely be surprised when you wake up sore the next day as you’ll be having too much fun to even realize the physical challenge you present your body while jumping.
Go On Motorcycle Rides
Riding a motorcycle is a great way to unwind after a long day. Whether or not you’ve ever ridden one, you may want to consider learning once you realize that it’s considered a low-impact exercise that can provide a number of health benefits including:
- Increasing strength in the neck, knees and thighs
- Increased core strength
- Enabling you to burn 50 calories per hour just due to the effort necessary to stay on the bike
It’s important to note that you should keep safety in mind as the odds of crashing increase on a motorcycle. It’s important that you spend a little extra on motorcycle helmets to ensure your protecting yourself.
Hiking With Loved Ones
In such a busy world, it can seem difficult to balance your time and ensure the ones you love get to make new memories with you on a regular basis. A great way to achieve this while increasing your exercise level is to set time aside for hiking with the ones you love the most. Whether this be with friends from church, your children, or even your dog, you’ll get the chance to explore nature, talk, and provide your body with the locomotion it needs in an increasingly sedentary society. In the event you don’t have time for a hike, even just 15 minutes of brisk walking on your lunch break can help you log an entire mile.
Exercise Doesn’t Have to be a Chore
While some people do find enjoyment out of hitting the gym and engaging in traditional means of exercise, this simply gets monotonous for many others. In fact, studies have revealed that, among the people who set fitness goals, 73 percent give up prior to completion. This is due largely to the fact that they lose interest. However, when you incorporate these clever tricks, you can essentially “trick” your body into actually enjoying exercise to properly take care of the temple that is your body.