As we’ve mentioned in the past, exercise is a great way to enhance and maintain your happiness and your health. There’s no secret that, beyond the ineffable euphoria of the ‘runner’s high,’ aerobic exercise is closely associated with having a better mood, improved and sustained daily energy levels, and lower levels of depression and anxiety. We might sound like a broken record when it comes to blabbing on about the benefits of physical exercise, but that doesn’t make them any less true!
CSS Fitness is Scottsdale’s premier group training and personal training fitness center. Are you wondering how to lose belly fat? We can help you with that. Are you looking to gain strength and build your muscle mass? We can also help you with that! Whatever your fitness goals are from seemingly insignificant to overly ambitious, every little bit counts and we can help you get there.
Though we’d prefer you to come hang out with us our at Scottsdale gym to burn fat fast, we understand that sometimes you just can’t make it over to the gym. If you’re still looking to get that quick cardio fix, however, you’re in luck. Check out some of these great ways to get aerobic exercise during your day-to-day life.
Making Healthy Choices: Take Those Stairs!
Instead of awkwardly meandering by the stairs as you make your way to the elevator at work, show those stairs who’s boss and run straight up them. Well, maybe start by climbing them at a normal pace, first. Walking up those few flights of stairs when you first get to work in the morning will help spark your heart rate and wake you up, in addition to kickstarting your metabolism rate for the rest of the day. If you find yourself quickly out of breath, don’t worry – it’s totally normal!
Get Funky On The Dancefloor
If anything, dancing is proof that aerobic exercise can be fun. People don’t typically think of dancing as an activity that burns calories and supports your heart health, but it’s true! If you’re really getting into your sweet dance moves, the calorie burn will follow. Depending on how hard you’re getting down, just 30 minutes of dance moves can burn roughly 150 calories.
Shake Up Your Next Date
If you’ve been in the dating arena for a while, then you might be getting tired of expensive drinks, formal dinners, forced conversation, and a hurting wallet. On your next evening out, why not make it a workout date? Your heavy breathing – because of the aerobic exercise, not anything else – will make those pauses in conversation less awkward, and your elevated heart rate and blood flow should make the energy between you and your date more lively and genuine.
Consider playing an active game or something slightly competitive to create a fun atmosphere – a game of tennis can burn more than 200 calories in half an hour! If tennis isn’t your thing, there are many options out there for simple games that get you moving.
Bring Those Walking Sneakers When You Fly
Do you travel often for business or leisure? One of the many nuances of air travel includes layovers, whether you planned for it or not. The next time you’re stuck at the airport due to a delayed flight or some other reason, don’t just mindlessly sit on your phone or fall asleep on the random guy sitting next to you. Get moving! Try walking around the terminal instead. Airports have a reputation for being great places to people-watch, so why not grab some free entertainment and burn some extra calories while you’re passing the time by?
If you drive to another city to get to work then we won’t expect you to huff it all the way on foot, but if you’re close to work, consider walking or biking to work instead. While taking public transportation is better for the environment (and your wallet) then driving separately, with all the stops considered, you might be surprised to find that walking or biking doesn’t take that much longer. Plus, all the fuel required to walk or bike to work simply lies in your breakfast that morning.
Treat Your Beater Like a Sports Car
What relevance does this have to getting exercise? Well, people with new, expensive cars tend to park them further back in parking lots, safe from the hustle and bustle of finding that perfect parking spot right up front next to the soccer mom with eight kids. Why not follow suit and make them feel self-conscious for parking so far away by parking next to them?
Not only is your vehicle further insulated from all the traffic, but you’ll have an opportunity to walk further and burn some extra calories in the process. You’ll really appreciate this one considering the blistering Arizona heat because you can typically find shady spots under trees the further out you park.
LARPing, or Live Action Role Playing
Bear with us on this one. For those not in the know, live action role playing is a form of a role-playing game where the participants physically act out their character’s actions. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character.
Due to the ‘physical’ part mentioned in the definition, chances are that you’ll be burning some serious calories when you LARP, especially if you’re wearing a heavy costume and swinging heavy (but hopefully not sharp) weaponry around. Survival is a serious matter when it comes to LARPing, so run for your life and your health!
What better way to confront your crippling fear of heights than rock climbing? While you simply might not be able to trust the rope and harness that hold you in, rock climbing is widely regarded as one of the best overall workouts for your upper body, abdomen, legs, and more. If you’re coming from a LARPing background like we just described, then treat each wall that you climb like a game – each time you’ve gone up, you’ve completed yet another level.
Learn Self Defense
Why not take up martial arts and learn how to defend yourself in a tricky situation? Martial arts will teach you mental discipline as well as trim you up physically and build your strength. It’s kind of a win-win situation with martial arts, and you might be having so much fun that you don’t even realize that you’re getting a workout.
Exercise Can Be Fun At CSS Fitness
Aerobic exercise doesn’t have to involve hours and hours of torture on a treadmill. Many people typically cardio with running, and associate running with burning pain, side stitches, and nausea. But as we’ve outlined in this post, getting active can actually be quite fun and enjoyable. Come join the fun and burn fat fast by getting in touch with our Scottsdale fitness center today!