5 Steps To Enjoying Exercise

So last week I made a big deal about the fact that exer­cise won’t actu­ally make you lose weight. But I don’t want people to think that means you get to sit on your rear all day watch­ing tv. If only! Exer­cise is an essen­tial compo­nent of good health and it does make weight loss easier. It’s also of partic­u­lar inter­est to me because regu­lar exer­cise is supposed to help reduce blood pres­sure.

A public demonstration of aerobic exercises
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There’s a few prob­lems though. I don’t like exer­cise. It’s boring. I’m not into team sports, I hate gyms and I don’t have a lot of free time. So how to estab­lish a regu­lar exer­cise routine? I strug­gled with this for years until I finally woke up to myself. 

I was look­ing at exer­cise as a punish­ment. Some­thing I hated, but had to do. Not surpris­ingly none of my exer­cise regimes ever stuck. So how can you make exer­cise an enjoy­able part of your day? Follow these simple guid­li­nes.

Ignore the Fanat­ics

If you search on line for exer­cise advice you’ll run into the fanat­ics every­where. They think exer­cise only counts if you are running 10 miles a day or doing a hundred reps per exer­cise.

Ignore them. They’re posers. Healthy exer­cise has noth­ing to do with being able to boast about the amount you can bench press. You’re not train­ing to be an athlete. All you need is a hand­ful of basic exer­cises and you’re set.

Don’t Spend Money

Unless you really like going to the gym (and some people do), don’t buy a member­ship. Don’t buy weights. You have every­thing you need in or around your house. If you want a basic work­out for strength and stamina, try this: 

Press ups, Squats, Crunches. Works a bunch of muscle groups; burns calo­ries; elevates the heart rate and builds some muscle.

Want an alter­na­tive exer­cise? Use your step stool for some step aero­bics. Use the cans in your larder as weights. Remem­ber we’re not trying to build big muscles here, we’re trying to exer­cise. You don’t need 50lb weights. If you spend money and then quit, you’re going to feel worse about your­self, not better.

Only Do It If It’s Fun

Trying to do an exer­cise you don’t like is a waste of time. You won’t stick with it for months on end. Nobody has that much will power. Exer­cise doesn’t need to be formal. A vigor­ous walk once a day will make a huge differ­ence. Mowing the lawn counts, along with other garden­ing.

It’s more impor­tant to find some­thing active that you enjoy than it is to burn maxi­mum calo­ries. You’re look­ing for some­thing you can do 5 days a week ideally. If you happen to like running 4 miles a day, by all means do that. But if you’re read­ing this arti­cle, you prob­a­bly don’t.

30 Minutes Is All You Need

There are lots of adverts for 10 minute work­outs. Don’t waste your time. That’s just not long enough for your body to get the bene­fits from regu­lar exer­cise. But you don’t need to spend 3 hours at the gym either. 30 — 60 minutes is plenty.

Vari­ety is Good

Once you’ve found one exer­cise you enjoy and you’ve got into a routine with it. Find another. And then a third. There’s two reasons for this. First off, you will get bored. It’s just human nature. Secondly the vari­ety will help to exer­cise a wider vari­ety of muscles.

The bottom line is if you make exer­cise a chore then sooner or later you’ll stop exer­cis­ing. You have to make it fun. Figure out what you enjoy and go with that. Don’t worry too much about what every­one else is doing.

About Eoghann Irving

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  • Such an inter­est­ing story to read and I enjoyed read­ing this steps on enjoy­ing exer­cise as well. Keep up the good func­tion..

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