I’m sure you know the saying, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, but what if it is broken?
I’ve been thinking about exercise, and it’s somewhat of a broken system; at least for me. You work up the motivation to work out, finally go, love how you feel, and then the cruel cycle begins again.
Is there a better way to workout? I think so. These are the new exercise rules for 2019.
Stop hyping up exercise to be a 60-minute intense workout. It’s more than that. Exercise is any movement that gets your heart rate up a little, and the recommendation is 30 minutes a day, or 150 minutes a week. If you don’t want to go to the gym, or you don’t have time, pull out your yoga mat at home in the morning and do some dynamic stretches, or take a brisk walk while listening to a podcast.
This is only doable if you take into account point number one. Few of us have the time or the desire to spend every day at the gym; and we shouldn’t either. The idea is just to move every day for 30 minutes.
The longer you sit, the higher risk you have for certain lifestyle diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Seek to be active throughout your day. This tends to be difficult if you have a desk job, but if a standing desk is an option, get one. Otherwise, periodically take breaks, maybe every hour on the hour, to walk to the restroom or grab a glass of water.
What would you like to be able to do that you couldn’t do a month ago? Thinking this way, rather than thinking about how often you work out, will help to motivate you.
It’s easy to skimp on hard work when you work out on your own. Classes offer the competitive motivation you need to push yourself when you feel like giving up, and are often the difference between a so-so workout and a great one.
Don’t be afraid to change the way you work out this new year, it might be just what you need to get in shape!
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