three people and a cat learning how to rollerskate

Making Exercise FUN!

I’ll be the first to admit if I’m not having fun exercising. I don’t like to do it and it becomes more of a chore. I will still do it but not always with a smile on my face. Over the past year, I’ve set a personal goal that I will find more ways of exercising that I truly enjoy.

A couple of months ago I decided I wanted to learn to roller skate. I have been a lifelong rollerblader but I wanted to give quad skates a try. I mean how hard could it be?

Boy oh boy was I in for a rude awakening! I felt (and looked) like Bambi on ice trying to skate on them. I mistakenly thought it would be easier to skate on four wheels in a square on the boot than wheels in a line! And don’t even get me started on how to stop and train by brain to use a front stopper rather than a rear one.

Tips for making exercise fun

Try new things

In my personal experience, the key to staying consistent with my exercise routine is to find an activity that is enjoyable. What I enjoy might be something that you absolutely loathe and vice versa. Don’t give up! If you try one type of exercise and find it isn’t for you, try something else!

The asthma component

When trying new things, we have to be mindful and aware of how it might impact our lungs. As asthmatics, our lungs are a bit more sensitive which can lead to exacerbations if we aren’t careful. Exercising is so important for all people, including people with asthma. I’m not suggesting just trying to go out and run a marathon or anything right off the bat. Start slow and see how your lungs tolerate it.

Talk to your doc

Before starting any new exercise or activity it is a good idea to have a conversation with your doctor to make sure whatever exercise plan you want to do will be safe. Your doctor might recommend that you use your albuterol inhaler before starting exercise as per your asthma action plan. This is why it is a good idea to discuss your plans before you start. Since asthma affects everyone differently, individual exercise plans are necessary.

Start slow

Be kind to yourself and allow grace when trying something new. If you find that you like jogging, don’t expect to be able to run 26.2 miles the first day. Over time you will build up your stamina and you might surprise yourself at what your body is able to accomplish. There will be some days when your body won’t allow you to get out there and do strenuous things and that is totally okay! You don’t have to have a hard workout every day. Even a slow walk or chair yoga are beneficial. Make sure you have water with you and stay hydrated.

Rollerskating is my asthma exercise!

a pair of rollerskates on the gym floorNow that I have been doing my best at staying consistent with skating, I have noticed a decent jump in my stamina. At first muscles I didn’t even know that I had were sore! It definitely takes a bit out of me to just try and remain upright but I am so much better than I was in the beginning.

Rollerskating also makes exercise a lot of fun! Once I get going and have music blasting I forget that I am actually getting a good beneficial workout in. I’m glad that I didn’t give up out of frustration when I first put those skates on and made the decision to keep trying. Our bodies are amazing and can do amazing things, even if we have asthma.

Do you have a favorite method of exercise that you really enjoy? I would love to hear it!

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