Many people today have been conditioned to think that to lose weight, you need to diet, and to get in shape you need to join a gym. The experts have pushed every kind of fitness related activity or methodology to losing weight: “You need to do strength training for weight loss” or “circuit training for weight loss” or my favorite “resistance training for weight loss”.
Unfortunately, all the mumbo jumbo advice out there have actually confused people and have deterred people for starting to do something about their weight or fitness level.
It is pretty intimidating having to learn all these new ‘techniques’ when really you just want to lose weight. So for many people, they only get as far as thinking about losing weight, because the idea of what comes with losing weight or getting fit is intimidating.
There is however no need to sweat about starting. There are other ways to go about getting in shape. Instead of joining the gym or a class to try the different training methods, how about just going out for a fun game of ultimate frisbee with your friends? Instead of a jog around the neighborhood, why not go play laser-tag? Both of these alternatives burn weight away without you ever having to step into a gym.
What did we do back in the day?
When we were all children, playing was a natural expression of fun and enjoyment. Almost all of us enjoyed an activity of one kind or another, from football to soccer to hopscotch.
Everything you did was fun, and not a second thought was given to how many calories you burned that day.
Looking back on your childhood, you may not realize that those games were pretty tiring. Kids play and play until they are exhausted without a second thought, all because the activity isn’t perceived as work, but fun.
The Science and Reseach Backs It Up
The average sport consumes about 100 calories every thirty minutes. That average changes depending on the individual, but more or less everyone burns a proportional rate of calories. By going out and playing a sport, an individual can affect the same weight loss as if they were going to a gym.
Surfing for 30 minutes burns 102 calories approximately. Tennis burns off approximately 230 calories in that same time. These two sports are both widely enjoyed by a variety of people. They are fun, effective ways to losing weight.
Instead of going to a gym and making yourself hate your body, gather up some friends and head to a recreation area. Have a cookout, and play some football or frisbee or volleyball. You will have a blast, and feel good knowing you’re doing something about your weight.