The Athlete

Fun Ideas to Improve Fitness

So you want to become a little more healthy and want to focus a bit more on physical fitness but you don’t have the time, money, or interest to invest in a full fledged gym membership. If you’re anything like me, you cannot imagine yourself as one of the hordes of sweaty fitness-minded people crammed into the glass-walled metropolitan fitness multiplex on a Friday night, and although you definitely have fitness on your mind, you’re not exactly sure what you can do to improve your overall fitness without investing thousands of dollars in equipment, gym memberships, and a fancy Adidas fitness wardrobe.

Well don’t you even worry, as there are a ton of non-committal, fun, and engaging fitness activities you can participate in that can work wonders for your physical fitness and overall health, all the while not costing you a fortune in time and money.

One simple idea for those of you out there who have a little bit of team spirit is to join a local athletic team of some sort. You don’t have to join the neighborhood triple A farm league ball club, either. Perhaps the bowling team is just the thing you need to improve your fitness (stay away from the pretzels and beer of course). Bowling is a great upper and lower body workout and also helps to hone hand/eye coordination, which can assist in other physical fitness activities as well.

Do you enjoy your sport in smaller, less “league oriented” doses? Perhaps the path to physical fitness is best traveled on the racquetball court. Racquetball club memberships range from free to not-so-free, but there is no better way to get a quick workout over a lunch break or on a Friday afternoon after work than the fitness-inducing workout of a racquetball session. It’s an excellent cardio vascular exercise as well, and as you may already know, cardio vascular exercises are key to improving overall fitness and retaining a youthful physique and body fat level.