I fell in love with volleyball in fifth grade.
My mom had always played volleyball and encouraged me to try it out, and after the first practice, I was glad that I did. A year later, my mom and I drove past a sign for a volleyball club, and now I’m playing for that club for the fourth year in a row.
Additionally, I go on walks often, and I also sprint and lift weights.
I love staying active and striving to be physically stronger. Last year, before quarantine started, I was finally able to squat 100 pounds. Unfortunately, since I could no longer use a squat rack I lost much of that muscle, but regardless I still try to increase my strength and hope to reach that 100-pound mark once again.
Working out should be something you look forward to. I know that’s a revolutionary idea, but I think there is probably an activity that makes you feel better, physically and mentally, when you do it.
Here are some of my personal favorite resources for working out.
If you’re a weight-lifter, you know how helpful dumbbells can be. They’re versatile and can be used for everything from bicep curls to lunges to ab exercises.
I have three, five, eight, fifteen, twenty, and thirty-pound dumbbells. It’s important to have a variety of different weights because you won’t need the same amount of weight for each exercise (you probably can lift more with your shoulders than your triceps).
Yes, I know what you’re thinking: “treadmills suck.” You’re probably thinking about trying to “run off” a donut at a high pace for an hour, instead of thinking about it as the useful tool it can be. Treadmills are perfect for leisurely runs or walks, especially when you can’t get outside.
Dust off the old treadmill and go for a walk, and you might find that it will become more of a friend than an enemy.
I think that strength training is second only to walking in terms of the best exercise.
Barbells are an incredible strength training tool, and the thing that I love best about them is they are the perfect way to test your strength. The amount of weight that I can squat, deadlift, or bench press is one of my main benchmarks to help me see if I am getting stronger or not.
Of course, you need more than just a barbell in order to get started with barbell training - in order to do it safely you need to have proper spotting and someone checking your form so that you can learn it correctly.
Basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs, tennis balls, and volleyballs (my personal favorite) can all be used to get a great workout in without even realizing it! Bump a volleyball back and forth, play kickball in your backyard, shoot some hoops… it’s all fun, and if you enjoy it you won’t even need to get motivated to do it.
I love playing backyard volleyball with my family. It gets me sweating (especially on hot summer days), and most of all, it’s a fun way to do something as a family.
Exercising doesn’t need to involve a whole gym, but there is some useful equipment that can help you to stay consistent and have a better workout.
If you want to start exercising, these are all great tools that can help you do that.
I think that these resources can help make exercising fun because I personally don’t enjoy most bodyweight exercising as much as lifting weights, walking, and playing volleyball. In my opinion, exercising should be fun and feel energizing, and should be a way to take care of your body.