How to Get Fit Without Trying

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Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t dread the gym or loathe Brussels sprouts? What if being fit just…happened?

Well, it can. All the fitness experts agree that the secret to being (and staying) healthy is to make fitness intuitive. You’ve got to sneak it into your daily life.

Here’s how to get fit without even trying – with input from the fittest (and busiest) people we know.


Krista Stryker, 12 Minute Athlete

It’s about being in tune with your body, and finding ways to make healthier choices actually enjoyable rather than punishing yourself with them.

Enjoy staying active

I absolutely hate running, but that used to be my only form of fitness. Once I discovered HIIT and bodyweight workouts, I started to actually look forward to my workouts, which was a huge change for me. It might take some experimenting, so be patient with yourself and be open and willing to trying new things.

Have fit friends

If all your friends are constantly eating fast food and choosing sedentary activities instead of active ones, chances are, so will you. If your friends are into healthy cooking and enjoy doing active things like going for bike rides or playing tennis for fun, you’re probably going to join in and be more active as a result.

Prioritize sleep

One of the top things fit people do to stay healthy and fit isn’t exercise-based at all — it’s getting enough sleep. Not only does sleep give you the energy you need to work out consistently, but it also helps regulate your metabolism, repair your muscles, boost your athletic performance and more.

Crave healthy food

Easier said than done, right? But if you start looking for healthier foods that you actually like and slowly begin to incorporate them into your diet, you’ll increasingly find that you actually crave those healthy foods because of how they make you feel versus the less healthy options.

Have cheat days

Giving yourself permission to enjoy your favorite treat now and then — whether it’s something as simple as a latte or even a chocolate chip cookie — will ensure you don’t feel bitter about your healthy diet (then go crazy and binge on all the things you feel like you’re missing out on).

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Maria Brilaki, Fitness Reloaded

I never thought of fitness as an “aesthetic” thing. It was always about strength, health and feeling good about myself.

Take fitness-oriented vacations

Most people’s definition of vacation is chilling in a hotel next to a beach. Well, you don’t need to lie down at the beach all day. Instead, try activities that make you move like snorkeling, water-skiing, or aqua dancing.

Walk to the post office

Suppose you decide to run two errands a week on foot rather than taking the car (e.g. going to the post office, taking the kids to school, picking clothes up from the dry cleaners, etc.). Assuming that it takes you 10 minutes each way, that’s a total of 240 calories. That’s 3.5 pounds a year, or 35 pounds in 10 years!
(Better yet, sell your car and bike to work.)

Dance at da club

It’s Friday night, and you are about to hit the bar with your friends. Instead of going to a regular bar where you sit on your ass all night, why not go to a place where you can actually dance?


Steve Kamb, Nerd Fitness

If you don’t like lifting weights in a gym, don’t do it. If you don’t like running, don’t do it. My main goal with Nerd Fitness is to get you to enjoy exercise, and find a way to do it every day.

Do some LARPing

Live Action Role Playing.  It might seem silly to those on the outside, but to those playing, it’s an amazing adventure that reminds us of how awesome our imaginations are. Also, depending on the game, you could be wearing a heavy costume, swinging heavy weaponry, and running for your life!

Join a rec league

New in town? Want to be active and meet people? Join a kickball or softball league. You get to exercise AND it’s a great way to make new friends!

What did we miss? Tell us how you get fit without trying. Share your tips on how to make fitness more intuitive in the comments below!

Further reading:

Read more tips from Krista Stryker in her article 5 Things Naturally Fit People Do Differently.
More sneaky ways to exercise without trying from Maria at Fitness Reloaded here.
See the full article from Steve Kamb at Nerd Fitness.