The sun is glowing around much of Australia (sorry Melbourne), which means shorts, T-shirts, and beach-body weather is coming soon. Will you expose a fit, healthy body? Or will winter chub settle in with elastic trousers and new belt holes?
Almost 75 per cent of Australians are not doing enough physical activity, so the words "You need to exercise" can be fingernails down chalkboards for many. The answer this spring? Make it fun, and it's mind over matter … and sweat. Here's how.
Go to a gym class
People coming off the treadmill day after day have the same tired, bored look at every gym. Six months later, they have the same tired body. Yet people coming out of classes with music and group movement are having fun and getting fit. Try group boxing, Zumba, spin, or whatever class suits your style. Turn up the music, make a mate, and move with intensity.
Play corporate games
Get involved in the company touch footy, volleyball, and soccer games. If your company doesn't play? Demand they do. Healthier employees having fun are more productive – it's a financial fact.
Tour your own city
Every city has markets, museums, history, and architecture that can be seen on foot. Get into your city, and plan active weekends that enrich the soul with culture.
Move and meditate
I walk a friend's dog four to five times per week because he's my pal, and it's also how I meditate while moving. My bond with him decreases stress, gets me breathing outdoors, and keeps me healthy. Movement meditation with Giuseppe the chocolate Labrador is fun, and it's the highlight of my week. Grab man's best friend, and try it.
Go hard core
Take a deep breath, and head into a CrossFit box or F45 training group. These gyms seem intimidating, but think again – they're filled with people who like intensity, like to teach, and love to see others improve within their health and fitness journey. Exercise with people you want to be, and you just might become one of them.
Plan an active holiday
Moving 500 steps per day on a 14-day ocean liner to the bar, then laps around the buffet is doing nothing for your health. Plan a summer holiday with beach walks, city walking tours,or other activities that get the heart rate up so those holiday drinks can be enjoyed and calories negated.
Obstacle course races
Tough Mudder. Spartan Race. Compete in a running event or even a mini triathlon. They're challenging, and crossing a finish line reeks of accomplishment. Races are superb as they get they work the entire body while sporting the biggest (and muddiest) grins around.
Coastal walks and inland hikes
Australia has too many thousands of kilometres of coastal walks / hikes to count; we are so fortunate to have them at our disposal. They are visually stunning, safe yet challenging, and incredibly fun while testing the body and soothing the mind. Bondi to Coogee, Kosciuszko, Uluru, Overland Track, Great Ocean Road. The options are endless.
I require several drinks for insecurities to subside and get my groove on, so 'do as I say, not as I do.' From doof-doof to swing and salsa, dancing burns loads of calories while touching, moving, and smiling to the beat.
Exercise to work
What's worse than a delayed, crowded, and stinky train / bus to start your day? Change your energy by biking, walking, or jogging to work. Becoming a 'morning person' is a healthy, life changing experience.
Go to boot camp
From mums with bubs to dudes with dogs, there's an outdoor boot camp class for all tastes. Team environment training is fun, and the group aspect holds everybody accountable for attendance and intensity.
Pick up a hobby
Bollywood dancing. Swimming. Roller blading. Bird watching. Tennis. Hula hooping. Yoga. Try a new sport or activity. It's more than exercise – it's about turning off the TV and starting to live a healthy life with smiles and substance.
I can't believe I'm typing it as I'm so tired of walking into smartphone game playing zombies, but if technology is getting you outdoors to stomp on and slash imaginary things. well, then maybe it's getting you to walk 10,000 steps per day and have a little fun while doing it.
DIY boot camp
You're an adult, so you might not like another adult screaming at you to fun faster or push harder. So, grab some mates and music for DIY boot camp. Google is loaded with freebie sessions. For the tech-resistant, I've created six sessions for your group on my Instagram.
Winter choices are exposed in summer temperatures, yet relax, because fitness isn't about heaving weights for a magazine-esque body.
Every activity above targets the mind and entire body – that's how you get healthy, fit, and drop some kilos with your pearly whites exposed, hitting warmer temperatures with confidence – abs, biceps, and bums love it too.
Fitness can be fun. And when it is, you'll be coming back for more. It's a simple mindset required for a healthier and happier you.
Got any entertaining ways to get fit? Let us know in the Comments section.
Passion for lifestyle change is the cornerstone for everything Michael Jarosky does. A Sydney-based personal trainer, he cajoled thousands of Executive Style readers to undertake his 'Cut The BS' diet, and champions a charity weight-loss event, Droptober.