Top tips to be more active
Being more active is great. Sometimes being stuck sitting around all day can really get dull after a while. I’m sure with the current happenings in the world most people agree with that. It might be fun to goof around and not have to do anything all day but that gets old surprisingly fast.
You’ve probably grown bored of it too and decided to do something about it. You’ve decided to stop spending your days watching YouTube videos about the life cycle of salmon posted ten years ago, or to set aside your FairGo casino login for a while and do something more physical.
Well, then I’ve got some nice tips and advice for actually going about it. It can be quite a bit harder than simply getting up and doing something, because what exactly can you do? This is all advice or tips that I’ve learned over the years or simply things I’ve learned while researching for this article.
Actually doing stuff
A big thing most people do that pushes them off being more active or makes them not even try, especially if they’re trying to start exercising, is starting too big. A big part of consistently being more active in your life isn’t if you can lift two hundred kilos first try or do fifty push ups in one session.
Pushing yourself to the limits at once is not going to do much more than make you exhausted and hate the idea. What will really get you up is making it a consistent habit, if you can get yourself to do something more active on a set schedule and do it consistently until it’s just part of your routine you’ll be much better off in the long run than if you just push yourself once, get hurt, exhausted and tired and never do it again until you eventually try to be more active in a month or two.
You should also try and find something that you are actually interested in doing. There are lots of ways to be more active and get exercise without needing to just do pull ups all day. Try and find a hobby that you’re interested in that will get you up and moving around.
There’s a lot of things that you can do that will burn calories fast. I’ll give you some examples;
You could join a sports team. Even if you’re not a kid anymore doesn’t mean you can’t participate in sports anymore. I mean look, there are adults who have made a literal career out of playing sports. No one is stopping you from playing a few games.
You can try and get some of your other friends interested. It doesn’t have to be some sort of serious thing. You can get some friends, a ball and someplace to play and you can set up a game of football, baseball or basketball. Although you will need a different type of ball for each one.
Even if you don’t have specific friends already that would be interested in playing a game of football, baseball or basketball that doesn’t mean you can’t make some new friends. If you look online for sports groups there are surely at least a few in your area. There are a lot of people who have had the same idea as you or want to try and play the game and don’t know where to start.
You don’t need to jump into the “deep end” so to say with sports either. Playing football, baseball or basketball can quickly become very very exhausting and you can easily overexert yourself while trying to play a game. This could also easily lead back to the first thing I mentioned.
You get so exhausted and tired and in pain the first game you play because you pushed yourself too far that you decide to just stop completely and give up. This is obviously a bad thing to do if you’re trying to make it a habit to be more active. So if you don’t think you can handle a very heavy sport like football, baseball or basketball
There are lots of other sports you can choose that don’t require so much physical energy and stamina straight off the bat. You can play ping pong. This is a very popular game that always seems harder to play than it actually is. Usually, to someone who’s never played it, it seems horribly complicated and requiring a lot of skill and coordination.
But like a lot of things in life, it only seems that way from the outside.
While ping pong is quite difficult to master, or even to get really good at, it’s really quite easy to start playing. The biggest thing you have to learn is how to hold the paddle and you’re pretty much set.
Speaking about the paddles it is a game that requires you to have some unique equipment. That being the paddles themselves, some ping pong balls, and a ping pong table to actually play on. That last one is probably the hardest. I’m not suggesting you run out and buy an entire ping pong table, heck I do not even suggest you run out and buy the rest of the stuff I just mentioned.
You can usually easily find some ping pong tables at most parks and from there, there’s usually some people playing ping pong through out the day. You will be most likely to find someone playing on weekends when the park is fullest.
If you ask politely most people will be more than happy to let you play a game or two and maybe even teach you how or give you some pointers. With those few games, you can decide if you actually like ping pong. And then you can think about going out and buying yourself some ping pong paddles and balls. Still wouldn’t recommend a table. I mean, they’re literally free, just sitting at the park for you to use!
Of course, you can skip all those steps and just buy a set of paddles and balls and maybe even the table if you want. I can’t tell you what to do, I’m not your subconscious. But I can tell you that if you do and decide you hate the game you don’t get to blame me.
Also, you could just not want to get into sports and that’s completely okay. There are other things you can do that are active that doesn’t require you to have to try and organize a team or try to get a game going in the park.
You could always get out bike riding. Bike riding is great because besides getting a great amount of exercise and getting to go outside you can also go places. If you’re able to ride a bike well you can cut down on transportation costs if you take the bus or gas prices if you drive everywhere. On top of that, you’ll never have to worry about being caught in traffic if you’re on a bike.
If you don’t want to do something as “big” as bike riding and just want to mess around in the backyard or on the street you can always get into skateboarding or rollerblading.
Those hobbies aren’t just whitelisted to groups of teenagers, anyone can skateboard or rollerblade. And now you’ll be smart enough to always wear your helmet without worrying about peer pressure. Because if your adult friends are actually judging you based on whether you’d rather risk cracking your skull open and die or “look cool” you need better friends.
But even if those don’t interest you there’s always more you could do to get more active. There are countless things out there to do that’ll get you moving around and your blood pumping.
If you don’t want to ride around or play sports or one of those other things you could simply start walking to places. Going to the grocery store? How about walk instead of driving or taking a bus there.
Start walking and you’ll start seeing so much more of the area around your house you’ve probably never noticed. Be it hidden parks, alleyway short cuts across blocks, and many other things you wouldn’t even think of. You’ll never know about them unless you get out and start walking!
But let’s say you want to be more active but don’t want to have to go outside, organize a team, meet up with people, or maybe just want something that you can easily do while in your air conditioned home.
Well, there are a few things you could do. Virtual Reality is a much newer thing that seems like just a gimmick at first but it can actually be quite interesting. Virtual Reality has made quite massive leaps in quality in the last few years, from simple bulky headsets that allow you to move your head around to full body tracking that knows your position and lets you move around your room and in the game at the same time.
You even have some of the really newer models coming out with full finger hand tracking and other really interesting things. You might be confused why I’m recommending video games when you’re trying to get more active and move around more but with some of the games out there for VR, you will really start breaking a sweat after not long.
Which isn’t that surprising, you’re just standing up and moving around a lot while playing them.
There are a lot of games out there for VR that are great for exercising or just moving around a bit. They range from quite simple games where you move your arms to ones where you’ll find yourself hopping around an area you’ve cleared (yet somehow still isn’t big enough) until you’re out of breath.
VR games that make you move
- Beat Saber is easily one of the most popular VR games out there and for good reason. It’s a rhythm game, which is a game where you have to do something to the beat of some music, where you have two swords, light sabers, sticks, or whatever else you want to call them.
Pretty much you have glowing rods that you hold and blocks fly at you while music plays. You need to swing the rods to break the blocks as they fly at you in time with the music. The idea seems simple, and it really is, but the game gets hard fast.
You have songs that go much faster with more blocks, blocks that you can’t touch and need to dodge, and much more. All in all, you’ll be exhausted and out of breath sooner than you think but that certainly won’t stop you from playing another song in a minute or two.
- Mordhau is a VR medieval sword fighting game. The basic premise of the game is really quite simple, you are thrown into an arena, people come to face you, you need to punch them so that you don’t die and you can steal their weapon. The rest is pretty self explanatory.
Swinging a sledgehammer and exploding someone’s skull is fun in any game but it’s even more fun in VR. Did I mention the game is also multiplayer so you don’t have to just fight artificial intelligence but you can just behead your friends or random acquaintances you meet online!
- Blade and Sorcery is a lot like Mordhau but more physics based. The combat is a lot more about skill and fighting than simply swinging, watching people explode, and having fun. While it lacks the multiplayer of Mordhau is makes up for it massively with its amazing modding support.
If there’s anything you don’t like in the game there’s almost certainly a mod for it. Even stuff that isn’t just fixes or changes. Would you rather use force powers and wield a blaster or a light saber? You can do that in Blade and Sorcery while dueling Darth Vader at the same time.
The sorcery part of Blade and Sorcery is an entirely interesting and immersive system about the game. You have spells and magic that you can use while fighting and many of them actively affect stuff around you. Instead of simply shooting a fireball out you could use it to heat your sword until it’s glowing red hot and then use that to burn through someone. The limits are really your imagination.