Keep Your Body Moving When You Are Not At the Gym

January 4, 2013

Making Strides Towards a Healthier You!



You did it.  You made it to all of your appointments with your personal fitness trainer! Not once did you call to cancel due to feeling “tired” or because it was a “long day at work.”  With that being said, the weekend is finally here and you deserve to do something fabulous that doesn’t involve a huge slice of deep dish pizza.  The days you aren’t hitting the gym, otherwise known as “off days” for us fitness junkies, are a time to let our muscles recover so we can hit the gym hard the following week.  But let’s not lie around and be lazy (the entire time) this weekend.  Instead, let’s get out and keep that body moving!


An active rest day is the perfect way to fight off those winter blues and keep those calories burning.  Lucky for us, we live in a city with so much to do and see and I am here to share with you my favorite active rest day activities.


Grab a friend (human or furry) and go for a walk on the Lakeshore trail.  Breathing in that fresh air will make you feel wonderful and the trail contains mile markers so you can keep track of your distance.  We are supposed to take 10,000 steps everyday and this activity is definitely a step in the right direction.  Your dog will be happy (and tired) as well!


Don’t jump in a cab!  Instead, walk over to the famous Magnificent Mile to window shop or purchase that fabulous dress you have had your eye on.  A rockin’ new body definitely deserves it!  Meeting a pal for a healthy lunch?  Walk!  Your wallet will thank you. 


We all know that the temperatures can definitely drop in the wintertime.  So, if going outdoors for a long period of time is out of the question, head over to a museum or the aquarium.  Walk to every exhibit and don’t forget to take the stairs!

The Author

Karen Bobos, MSed

Karen M. Bobos, MSed, has been in the fitness industry since 1996 and feels her highest accomplishments are those results achieved by her clients through her guidance. She educates clients that there is no trick to being healthy, no magic pills, but rather optimal health is achieved through eating right and moving your body.

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