Exercise or some type of physical activity is necessary to achieve good health and optimal fitness, but if you’re like most people who really don’t like to work out for long, grueling periods of time, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a better way.
Health and fitness experts recommend a minimum of thirty minutes, but preferably one hour, of physical activity per day to stay healthy and fit, so how can you get your exercise in consistently without slaving it out at the gym?
Mind Over Matter
Working out for an hour straight is probably difficult for most people, unless you’re doing something you enjoy or that doesn’t require a lot of strenuous effort. Walking is a great choice, because it’s low impact, simple and requires no thought on our part. This is something we do everyday in some way or another, so it’s just a matter of finding ways to do it more often. Altering your daily routine just a little can easily incorporate more walking into it.
Taking the stairs rather than using the elevator, walking to the corner store instead of driving, parking far away from the store when going shopping, and going to the mall instead of an individual store are great starts. Each of these forces you to keep it moving without even having to think about it, and you’ll quickly reach 30 minutes to one hour of workout time in no time. When moving becomes second nature, and you’re essentially putting mind over matter, it will no longer feel like a chore.
When working out for an hour seems as insurmountable as climbing Mount Everest, think of this way: You can actually work out in several short periods of time at higher intensity and achieve the same results – the frequency is even more effective than one long, drawn-out, one-hour session. You may want to try the 30-minute daily minimum at first to get yourself going, and to get the full 30 minutes in, three 10-minute sessions at various times of the day will get you there.
It is a known fact that the body will continue to burn calories for a few minutes after you stop exercising, and all the more when strength training is incorporated. So just think of what this means for your 3-session daily workouts.
After each one, you’ll have more calorie burning; whereas, after one 30-minute session, you’ll only have post-exercise calorie burning once. So on a typical day, you might work out with weights for 10 minutes in the morning before work, then go for a brisk 10-minute walk during lunchtime, and finally shoot a few hoops outdoors for the remaining 10 minutes once you get home.
That seems a whole lot more simplified than an hour long stretch of aerobics, doesn’t it? The good thing is that as your body gets used to increased activity, it will crave more and you will be ready for it.