In the economic crisis, a lot of people are feeling the pains of boredom and stored energy. Some people get depressed and begin overeating while others find themselves sitting around more than they used to. Perhaps it’s a combination of both. Finally, they decide to start getting back into shape. It’s difficult, but exercising keeps the mind occupied and the body feeling energized.
So let’s start with something most of us can do. Take a walk. Maybe you enjoy going on major hikes, which is great. But maybe there’s a part of town you haven’t had the chance to explore yet. It’s ok to drive there and walk around for a little while. Look at your neighborhoods and local parks first. With the malls out here in San Diego being open air, just make sure to stay away from the fried food in the food court that smells so fantastic and enjoy the sunshine.
Throughout the entire county of San Diego, there are some fantastic farmer’s markets. Make a round first without buying anything- except maybe a bottle of water if you didn’t bring one. This will give you a chance, not only to make one circuit of walking, but look at what’s available. It may help you slow your impulse buying as well. Maybe on your second trip, you can go back to those non-food vendors that caught your eye. Third trip can be food vendors for groceries or a quick snack. Or perhaps you just continue your walk to see who’s there- people watch, look at some of the dogs people have, or even break away from the market itself to go down interesting looking streets.
And don’t forget the beach! Walking in loose sand and in the water adds resistance to your walk and makes you work harder, which burns even more calories. Or if you want to go further east, there are mountains to walk through. If you want to check the amount of calories you burn at the end of the day, or during a time period, there are calorie calculators online completely free.
Remember, there are a lot of people like you who are having trouble finding the motivation to get healthy and stay healthy due to a tight budget. Start with something simple, but start moving. Once you start moving, it’s much easier to increase your work outs to something more intense like jogging or major cardio because you’re already used to moving. Try for a few times a week. Get up early to walk the dog, or take a stroll around the block when you get home from work. If you’re like me and not currently working, just get out and explore a little. There are so many stores you drive past every day, so take a moment to walk it and window shop.
In the next article, you’ll be able to see more intense, but free (or cheap!) ways of getting cardio into your routine. In the mean time, get up, get moving, drink lots of water and start feeling better about your health and yourself.