“Sitting is the new smoking”, is a phrase I’ve heard a few times from a couple of my teachers over the last year. What you eat determines a lot, including how you feel or how you want to look and of course what you’re body needs to be in top shape. There is however another aspect to our health and that is exercise! I know for some that is the best part of their day, while others the dreaded question “are you coming to the gym?” is the last thing they want to hear. Of course going to the gym is not the only way to get your exercise for the day. There are a few people that just really don’t like the gym and therefore decide to not exercise at all. I at one point was that person. I wasn’t really sure what I was supposed to be doing. I knew different movements; I knew what reps and sets were, but as far as how to utilize any of it to best benefit me, I was clueless. This of course resulted in my workouts consisting of mostly cardio (which I dislike with a passion, but I do it because I feel good after). Although it was hard to get me to stay there for 90 mins let alone 60 mins when most of my workout was something I didn’t like doing. Sometimes this would mean going to the gym less if even at all, and I noticed a difference week to week if I wasn’t going to the gym versus if I was going to the gym.
It was about 7 months ago that I went to one of my friends who is fairly knowledgeable when it comes to weight lifting and strength training. I described what my goals were and he gave me a workout plan that corresponded with getting the results that I wanted. Since then the workout has changed slightly and we’ve adjusted it because I was getting bored and I wanted to try going in a different direction. My point is that I actually like going to the gym now! I still do my cardio at the end of my workout, but I’ve found something that I really enjoy, and it actually excites me to get up and get my body moving. Everyone is different and based on the time of year, that will also dictate how you get your exercise. We all need to find something that we enjoy doing that motivates us to get up and move! There are lots of different ways that you can get your heart rate up that are enjoyable! Some of them include: walking, running, spin class, Zumba, HIIT, TRX classes, pound classes, dance classes, yoga, Pilates, strength training, ect. These are just a few of the many different ways to get your body moving. There are even apps of workouts that you can down load if you just want to do them at home.
Before I started going to the gym, my go to workouts were the Jillian Michaels videos. I know what you’re thinking, workout DVD’s, really? Ok, well maybe you’re not thinking that, but if you’ve never done one of her workout videos I would highly recommend it; especially if you struggle with getting any activity into your day. Her workouts range from 20-45 mins depending on the dvd and they are awesome! Another workout series that I really enjoy are the Insanity videos done by Shaun T. His workouts are fast paced and high intensity, and they’re only 30 mins long!
In my opinion anyone has 30 mins in their day to get some kind of activity. You don’t have to go to the gym; even walking to work, or to walking to get your mail is better than sitting or driving all day. As long as you’re getting up and moving you’re body that’s all I’m really aiming for. And there are awesome health benefits to exercise including: boosting brain health, feeling happier, boosting your immune system, sleeping better, and lose, gain or maintaining your weight (depending on your goals). There are more, but these are just a few of the examples of how exercise helps your body. I challenge you to make a short term goal for yourself this week or this month! How are you going to add some extra movement or even movement at all into your day to day life? Record what you do, when you do it and how you feel each day. Over the course of a week or so you should start to notice a difference in your life! Have fun!