Ariana Kukors is an Olympic swimmer, world-record holder and Pacific Northwest native who is working with LifeWise to promote healthy living. Follow along on her journey to live an active and healthy life.
When my sisters and I were kids, we loved to play outside. We would stroll into the house just before dinner, bleeding at the elbows with fresh bruises on our knees, begging for dinner to be served. Staying active when you’re a kid is easy. Living an active lifestyle with real world responsibilities and commitments… that’s another story.
Find Your Rhythm
When I was a competitive swimmer, my job was to work out. I didn’t have to plan it into my day. Now that I am not swimming four or more hours a day, I’ve had to restructure my life to find new and exciting ways to stay active. Now, I love running. More importantly, I love running to a good playlist. Whenever I feel the need to slow down or walk, my favorite song comes on and I pick up my pace. The feeling of accomplishment after an awesome run continues to surprise me.
Find Workouts You Want to Do
How do we turn workouts from something you have to do to something you want to do? Finding a buddy has been key for me. Time flies when you’re running seven miles while talking to a friend, or when you are struggling through a group class alongside 31 other awesome people.
Additionally, it’s important to schedule your workouts. I plan four runs a week with a friend and we hold each other accountable to show up and push each other through. By planning ahead, I look forward to the resulting endorphins and thank myself for challenging my body every day.
Do What You Love
Find something that you really enjoy doing. If you are sick of your usual workouts, try something new! I recently got into kickboxing and absolutely love it. Look for something that excites you and give it a shot. You’ll thank yourself for stepping out of your comfort zone, and your body and mind will thank you, too.
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