Fitness Friday: 10 Ideas to Move!

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It's Friday!  You're about to hit two long days of open happiness. What to do? What to do? Here are 10 ideas to get moving and have a great fitness Friday. Basketball.  Lace up your sneaks and head to the local court (or your driveway). Start with a game of HORSE to warm up, then try a little one-on-one with a friend. Swish! Lots of sweat and lots of fun. Body surfing.  No boogie board required, although they're always fun. Head to the beach and just play in the water. It's not about laps at the Y or doing workout style moves ... just PLAY. Even better if you have a kid to help inspire you. They'll show you how to have a good workout at the beach. Porch dancing.  Turn on the twinkly lights, light the citronella candle, and put the speaker in the window. A few tunes, maybe some fun neighbors, perhaps a beer or a bottle of wine, and get your boogie on. Much better than a crowded dance floor in an underlit bar. Plus a much shorter line for the bathroom. Romantic stroll (preferably near water at sunset).  Hey, if you're gonna do it, make sure you've got something to look at. Some flip-flops, someone you love, and a beautiful view to enjoy. It won't burn a ton of calories, but you'll be moving with your honey and that's always a good thing. Bike ride with a prize.  Pick a destination about 10 miles out (beach, market, quaint restaurant) and hop on your bike to get there. Take your time and enjoy the scenery as you pedal. Have fun at your destination and then have an equally leisurely pedal home. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? Make sure you've got a basket or a backpack for any goodies you pick up along the way. Picnic.  OK, technically a picnic isn't "fitness," but if you add a frisbee or a volleyball net then it definitely is! Our last picnic involved scaling 2,000 feet to the summit of a local mountain, which definitely made that brownie taste a little sweeter at the top. Paddleboarding.  New to me, but oh-so-enjoyable. It will take you about 5 to 10 minutes to figure out your balance and then you'll be good to go, stroking gently and evenly through the water. Your arms and shoulders will certainly get a workout, but your abs and legs are definitely working too. You'll likely feel it everywhere the next day. Fitness dates.  You can do a fitness date with your honey or you can grab a good friend. Many of the above options would definitely work, but how about a Barre or yoga class together? You can giggle over coffee afterwards about how well you hold your Warrior pose. Bowling.  The number one participation sport in the country for a reason. It's fun and not too taxing on the body. Grab a lane and some dorky shoes and embrace your inner Lebowski. We go regularly to a place that plays good music, which gives you the added bonus of some dancing calories. Try it on a rainy day. Sports that take longer.  Things like a game of tennis, a round of golf (no carts), kayaking, or a fabulous hike. We need a few hours to relax and get these activities in. Use the weekend time to get lost in the woods or show off your tennis whites. You'll love how the longer period of activity will make you feel. What are some favorite fitness activities that you have planned this weekend? Do any appeal to you from my list? Let me know! Cheers, Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.


2 Responses to Fitness Friday: 10 Ideas to Move!

  1. Camilla August 30, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    I went paddle boarding for the first time last week. As much as i recommend it – it’s quite expensive!! I live in the channel islands and it cost £10 to rent out a board for an hour :S Do you have a cheaper alternative I could try out? My Learncliki fitness adviser said I need to work on my core balance so as long as it’s a similar work out! Thanks

  2. Lisa Johnson September 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Camilla, I’m with you, that’s about what I paid here in Boston … I don’t have a cheaper alternative unless you know you love it and you want to buy a board used. Actually those rental places usually them at the end of the season for a good deal.

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