Sign up for an adventure club that organizes weekend activities, or search web sites such as meetup.org to find informal group meetings near you.
In lieu of joining an official club (and paying official club fees), my girlfriends and I have worked out our own system in which we take turns planning ski trips, surfing and kayaking lessons, fitness classes, and hiking explorations. As an added benefit, it has also inspired me to work out more on my own. No one wants to be left in the dust on the slopes!
Testing out the Jukari Fit to Fly class was fun for me because it was a totally new experiencethe same way I felt when I first attempted snowboarding. The novelty of doing something unexpected helps distract from the actual work involved, and it's a great way to work muscles that don't normally get used.
One of the most physically demanding days I've had in the last month (and I'm training for a triathlon, so that's saying a lot) was when I competed in a New York City–wide scavenger hunta fundraiser for a friend's charity. We spent the afternoon running around Manhattan, snapping photos and tossing souvenirs into our backpacks, while racing against the clockand other teams. It definitely took care of our 10,000 steps (and then some!) for that day.
Remember when running around all day was actually fun? Dedicate a day to gather your friends and do something you haven't done since you were kids: Host a skating party at the roller rink, set up a kickball game after work, work out with a hula hoop, or ride the roller coasters at a local theme parkjust be sure to spend most of your day walking, rather than just standing in line.
Give yourself something to look forward to once you've finished your workout, like a relaxing night in with a movie and a glass of wine. Or set a larger fitness goal and a larger reward for once you've reached it, like a hard-earned day at the spa.
Maybe losing weight and getting healthier aren't enough of a motivation for youor you just don't see results quickly enough to really care. Instead, participate in an activity where you can feel like you've really made a difference even after just one day. Spending a day planting flowers in your garden or picking up litter in the park gives you all the benefits of exercise, plus you'll feel extra productive after a job well done.
Think hard about what types of activities you enjoy and where you'd like to improve, and develop a fitness regimen around that. If you need help getting started, ask yourself these questions.
Most people who don't enjoy exercise have a hard time because they're not used to it. And if you're carrying around extra pounds or are plagued by injuries, it can make getting started that much harder. But once you find a routine that's safe and doable for your fitness level, these activities will slowly start to get easier and you'll start to enjoy yourself more and moreboth during your actual workout and, as you become more fit, in your everyday life.