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Monday, February 06, 2023

College 101: Exciting Ways to Stay Active

I don’t live the healthiest lifestyle. It’s not that I don’t care about my body--I do, of course--but I’m pretty busy here at school. When I do have some free time, I find it difficult to get excited about going for a jog or lifting weights. It’s not that this stuff is out of my comfort zone or anything. I just find those kinds of activities boring. I’d like to do something more interesting for exercise, but the suggestions I’ve heard from friends and family involve things like dancing. That seems kind of lame to me. What more exciting or intense exercise options do the experts recommend? Which activities are best for my health?

When it comes to getting the exercise we need to be healthy, there are many great options. There are certainly pros and cons to just about any workout or exercise, experts say. However, the simple answer is that the best form of exercise is the one that you stick to. Human beings need 30 minutes of exercise a day, at the minimum. So, it makes sense that you’re looking for a form of exercise to which you will really enjoy committing.

There are plenty of healthy activities that can deliver the sort of excitement you seem to crave. Let’s take a look at a few.

Rock climbing and bouldering are two activities that have won a lot of new fans in recent years. These increasingly popular sports involve climbing outdoors, or in indoor climbing gyms. Those gyms often offer individual and group lessons, and they make a safe place for beginners to learn the ropes (or, in the case of bouldering, the lack of ropes!), before heading outdoors. And, thanks to the steady rise in interest and participation in these activities, climbing gyms are popping up all over the country. Finding one near you shouldn’t be too tough.

You could also consider Jiu Jitsu or one of the other forms of martial arts. Combat sports have been popular for years, and it’s now possible to choose from a wide range of disciplines, as alternatives. Martial arts are great for training and, if you so choose, for competing in specialized competitions, or even mixed martial arts contests.

One other option is to take the sorts of activities you have found boring, such as running, walking, and cycling, and make them more thrilling through a change of venue. Hiking, trail running, and mountain biking are tougher and more exciting than their basic, average cardio counterparts. The adrenaline rush they give you might give you a different point of view on these classic exercises!

These aren’t your only options, of course, but they’re a great way to get started on your search for a more interesting way to stay active. Good luck! When you find the right type of exercise for you, you’ll find your healthy lifestyle gets a lot easier to stick with.

“There are plenty of obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” --Ralph Marston

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