Imagine if you LOVED running on the treadmill. Crazy, I know… but just humor me for a moment.
Seriously, think about how easy it would be to get and stay in shape if you just couldn’t wait to hop on that machine and sweat it out like a hamster on a wheel. And while the treadmill isn’t the best way to burn calories, it still does the job.
So, where am I headed with this. And what’s with the bizarre title? Simple…
Being fit and healthy has a lot to do with love. Specifically, a passion and/or desire for a certain activity. For example, I love to powerlift. There’s just something about putting a 300 pound barbell on my back and squatting up and down that makes me feel alive.
More importantly, I don’t feel the need to do it. It’s a “labor of love”. In fact, I can honestly say that it’s the highlight of my week.
Now, technically it’s exercise, right? But I’m not setting aside the time to go work out in the traditional sense (the way the typical dieter does). I can’t wait to hit the rack. And that’s why I continue to do it year round. Best of all, it builds muscle, torches calories, and keeps the belly fat at bay.
Of course, lifting heavy weights is probably not your cup of tea. But the point still remains: find an activity you enjoy doing and you won’t need to “exercise” to lose weight.
With that said, I believe one of the best pastimes you can take up is gardening – especially if you’re a bit older. Just think about it: you squat, carry weights, and in general , stay mobile the entire time. It’s like getting a cardio and resistance workout all-in-one. Plus, you’re improving flexibility as well – something very important to prevent accidents and falls.
Better still, you’d be growing your own food that will be more nutritious and healthier than anything you could possibly buy. Need more reasons to take up this “sport”? You’ll save a ton of money on groceries, you won’t need a gym membership or any of that fancy “gear” people use to work out with nowadays.
What could you do with all that extra cash?
By now you’re probably thinking: “Can gardening alone really get me in great shape? Don’t I need pain to receive gain?”
And the answer is: absolutely not. In fact, gardening is a full body workout that torches calories and keeps you fit. Did you know that a 150 pound person burns about 200 calories while gardening for 30 minutes?
And aside from all the benefits mentioned above, it can be your “labor of love” if you enjoy it. You won’t dread having to go work out. Instead, you’ll be eager to go check on your plants, veggies, flowers, or whatever else you happen to be growing.
Furthermore, this enthusiasm will ensure you do it on a regular basis and your results will be stellar: health, happiness, and plenty of nutritious, low-cost food for you and your family.