Life isn’t the most straightforward thing in the world; I think we can all agree on that. Sure, sometimes we’re on cloud nine, and it feels as though everything is going our way, but that always seems to drift off sooner or later and we’re brought back down to earth. We have our stresses with our jobs and our personal lives whilst also jostling the daily problems that want to unnecessarily present themselves.
If we’re already feeling kinda sluggish during the tough days, then they can feel ten times worse. When we have things on our plate and we haven’t the energy, the drive, or the mental willpower to get even the most trivial and basic chores done, then that’s a bit of an issue. A way of adding a bit of a spring in your step whilst also improving your mental health is to incorporate some exercise into your life. It can be quite frustrating to be told ‘just go for a walk’ or ‘run more’ when you have a lot on your plate, but it does benefit you.
If you’re not the most fitness-oriented person in the world, then jumping into a more active lifestyle can feel like a huge leap, especially with all of the fitness personalities around the world giving out differing opinions on social media. The fundamentals are still there, however, and thankfully they’re fairly simple. Let’s have a little look at what you can do to welcome more exercise into your life.
Yes, we just said that being told you throw your sneakers on and go running is frustrating, but there’s nothing wrong with just giving it a go whenever you’re ready. It doesn’t have to be hard-hitting – even five to ten minutes would be ideal initially. It doesn’t even have to be consistent running either – a minute of running followed by thirty seconds of walking will boost your fitness significantly, to begin with.
Join A Gym
The idea of joining a gym and being surrounded by others who are masters of fitness can feel quite intimidating. You may feel as though you’re being watched and judged by every single person in there. The reality, however, is that nobody is interested in laughing at you – if anything they’re pleased for you. TV shows and movies seem to have warped people’s minds – they’re just ordinary people wanting to get fitter or stronger themselves! Gyms are great for you as you can have all the assistance from the fully qualified and experienced trainers.
Get A Personal Trainer
Following on from signing up to a gym, you could get in touch with one of the trainers and have them do one-on-one sessions with you. If you’re not too comfortable or confident in certain exercises or workouts, then they’ll walk you through things step-by-step and make sure you’re doing it correctly – you’ll be a natural in no time! They’ll also run through the nutrition side of things with you so that your exercising can be even more productive.
Go To Workout Classes
There are a mix of different classes available that suit lots of different people, so if you’re wondering whether you’d fit in and whether you’d enjoy anything like this, then you probably will do. Some of the classes scattered around your area include Zumba, spin, Pilates, and CrossFit classes. Have a little look online; you’ll probably find something for you.
Use An App
Thanks to modern technology, we now have loads of ways in which we can improve ourselves. One of the avenues that we can learn from and log our progress is apps. Want to track how many calories you’ve had? There’s an app for it. Want to learn how to do a certain exercise? There’s an app for that, too. Want motivation? You guessed it. If you have a smartphone or a computer, then you can visit apps and sites like Aaptiv and MyFitnessPal to get you eased into everything. We know that it’s kind of counterintuitive as we’re trying to get away from our phones, but in this instance, it’s allowed!
Watch A Workout Video
You can get a lot out of watching someone workout. You can learn a thing or two from the comfort of your own home, but you can also get some serious motivation from it. There are people that were just like you and managed to boost their energy levels immensely. These videos can really teach you that you are able to achieve the goals that you’ve set out.
Workout With A Friend
You can appreciate those who prefer to do things solo – that’s fine. But a lot of people get that extra boost from doing things together with a friend. In terms of exercising, you’re able to push each other to do better. You’re also able to do things with a little extra fun added as well as a boost of confidence.
Yoga is an excellent way of keeping fit. At a glance, it looks as though you’re just posing in different positions and it can seem quite strange, but it’s excellent from building strength, muscle, and flexibility. It’s much harder than it looks.
Join A Sports Team
If you’re looking for friendly comradery as well as a good bit of exercise, then you could much worse than become part of a group like this. Not only will you enjoy your workouts, but you could make new friends and build on yourself from there.
Get Lessons In Something Specialist
There has never been a shortage of sports instructors because there has never been a shortage of brilliant sports. If you’ve ever wanted to try a new sport, then you could get in touch with an instructor in your area and get started! A popular thing to do now is to get into combat sports: martial arts are a great way of keeping fit, boosting confidence and working on your self-defense. It’s not always a case of spending a few hours a week trying to hit something/someone!
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Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.