Oct 13

Staying active tips- opportunities are everywhere!

Get a dog

My number one recommendation for staying active is to get a dog.  Dogs provide so much more than unconditional love, as if that wasn’t a good enough reason to get a dog.  Dogs are great for your mental health.  Dogs are great company.  dogDogs love to play and dogs love to walk.  The bigger the dog, the better.  Wouldn’t you feel guilty not taking your dog for a walk when he’s looking up at you with those big brown eyes?

Look outside your window

This is the view from the window in my office:  trees and some large bushes that are overgrown, twigs on the ground that have fallen off the trees, bare dirt without grass, piles of leaves, blue sky and a flowering crepe myrtle.  It’s a pretty nice view.outside window2

There are any number of projects that I could take on there.  I could take a break from my writing and grab a rake.  In a half hour, I could probably rake up all the dead leaves and branches.  My yard would look better and I would have burned some calories.  I would also get some fresh air.  I would give my butt a break from sitting and I would be invigorated by the time I come back.

Wait right there… I’ll be back in a half hour.

I’m back and I discovered more reasons to have a dog (or 2).  I get to burn a few extra calories by shoveling dirt back into a hole they dug.  Then there’s walking around the yard picking up poop (I told you the bigger the dog the better).  And then they stole a couple of the sticks that I had picked up and made smaller sticks out of them.  Smart dogs!  All in all, I’d say I burned off 100 calories or more.

Make single friends

Single friends are usually doing something.  Married or coupled friends spend a lot of time at home sitting on the couch, making dinner, or sitting in front of twin computers or watching TV.  Single friends are also moving all the time, so they always need someone to help them.

Single friends will talk you into doing all kinds of things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do.  They might want to go roller skating or bowling.  They might want to go to concerts.  They might want to go out dancing.

If you’re not single, your partner might not wanting you hanging out with single friends.  Go anyway.  They might get jealous and start hanging out with their single friends.  It will be good for both of you.

Share yourself and your timeactive4

We’re social animals, just like dogs.  Dogs will lie around the house all day long, but bring another dog home and all they want to do is play.  We’re no different except that we’ve learned to tone our playing down.  We’ve toned it down so much that we’ve completely forgotten how to play.

Sharing yourself is active.  You can take a class or a seminar and share yourself.  You can volunteer for an organization that’s doing good things in the world.  You can call someone you haven’t talked to for awhile and tell them how important they are to you.  It might not burn any extra calories, but you’ll feel good and you’ll know that you accomplished something.

Drive a different route to work

We get so set in our ways that our lives can appear to be on autopilot.  What would happen if you took a different route to work?  You would actually have to pay attention and you would see things that you ordinarily don’t see.

What kinds of new things could you see?  A few blocks from me, a new community garden has sprouted up.  The park has some new improvements including an expanded walking trail.  There’s a new billboard for I Fly, which is indoor skydiving.  That could be fun.  There’s a new Whole Foods, which is a great place to walk around, taste test, and even meet some new people.  I would miss all those things if I stuck to my same old routine.

Also, if you’re texting while driving, cut it out.  You won’t see anything and you could seriously hurt yourself and someone else.

Take a day trip, or longerday trip

Speaking of getting out of the rut that you’re in, it might be time to take a day trip.  Of course, going on a vacation or a cruise would be lovely, but that requires a big commitment of time and money.  A day trip might be just what you need.

There are so many places and attractions within a few hours of where I live in Austin, Texas.  I could go tubing down several rivers when the weather is warm, which is just about year round.  I could climb Enchanted Rock or just walk around some of the quaint small towns.  I could go to yard sales, garage sales and flea markets.  I could go any number of places to listen to live music.  I could go wine tasting or beer tasting or smoothie tasting.  I could even go all the way to the coast and splash in the Gulf of Mexico.

No matter where you are, there’s probably something you haven’t seen or someplace you haven’t been within a day’s drive.  Let’s go exploring.

Use your imagination active3

The sky’s the limit.  Once you commit to being active, you’ll see opportunities everywhere.  Walk, skip, fly!  I was skipping the other day.  I haven’t done that in a long while and I was surprised how hard it is to do.  It’s great exercise!  Try something new.

I’d love to hear what you’re finding to do to stay active.  Please leave a comment below and share it with all your new friends here.

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  1. Richard

    Awesome site Alice, keep up the good work!

    1. Alice

      Thanks, Richard. I will definitely keep writing about staying active tips, healthy foods, and other benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I hope to see you back again soon.

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