There is absolutely nothing wrong with exercising for the sake of exercising and in order to reach your fitness goals. However, that doesn’t mean that this is all that it has to be about. If you’re looking to switch up your routine a little and to enjoy more rounded benefits to your life in general, then here are a few of the ways you can make exercise be for more than just its own sake.
Exercise can be for fun
Exercise can be a lot of fun. We’re not just talking about the “runner’s high” you can get when getting your burn on. There are plenty of classes that emphasize having a good time as much as they do moving your body around. Finding a dance class around you can help you let loose a little and enjoy your time, rather than having to be so strictly disciplined every time you get your gear on.
Exercise can be for relaxation
If you’re trying to deal with some stress, then exercise is one of the single best ways to do it. Any form of exercise can get the endorphins rushing, which can improve your mood, but few are as effective at helping you not just relax, but learning the techniques to relax even outside of exercise like yoga.
Exercise can be for self-defence
If you want to feel more confident, more competent, and more secure in yourself, then learning some self-defense can be invaluable. Martial arts teaches physical discipline and practical self-defense, and there are those like jiu jitsu that is even practical for those with smaller builds, as is the case for most women. Taking an actual self-defense course can help a lot, but learning a martial art can get you a lot more trained in kicking your body into gear when you need it.
Exercise can be for exploration
There are a lot of ways to get out, into the fresh air, to see your local surroundings while also getting fit. Running, cycling, even going for a brisk walk can help you maintain your fitness levels. However, you might want to look for a hiking club if you’re really feeling that sense of wanderlust. Hiking is remarkably good for you, helping you build stamina, work on some of your most frequently used muscles, and provide great cardio all at the same time.
Exercise can be for socializing
You don’t need to look for any particular type of exercise for the opportunity to get social. It is true that joining clubs based around team participation can help, but simply joining any fitness group where you are encouraged to swap tips or you spend time exercising together can help you get to know the others you’re working out with, which can lead to friendships.
Of course, making sure that you get the workout that you need towards your goals should always be a priority. Hopefully, however, the tips above show that it can be about more than that alone.