Get moving, No more excuses

New years’ eve, year after year, for the last ten years’. My resolution is always the same. ‘Join a gym’ and ‘lose weight’.

I never stick to it, I always give up, and spend the rest of the year searching for that magic pill. You know, the one where I take every day, and the fat just falls off without any exercise and still eat and drink what I want. You know, the one that doesn’t exist.

I would plan my week and include my workouts, and each time, i always found an excuse. If you are reading this, then chances are, you know and understand exactly where I’m coming from.

5 common excuses we use to skip a workout.

1. “I Don’t Have Time.”

This is the reason people most often cite for not exercising. And it’s true, we all have busy lives, so that’s why it’s important to have some exercises you can do right where you are. Exercise that uses your own body weight such as pushups, pullups, or squats can be squeezed into your schedule in two 15-minute increments, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. (Start with one 15-minute workout per day if 30 minutes still sounds daunting.)

2. “The Weather is Awful.”

If you prefer outside exercise, make running or cycling one of your primary forms of activity. You’ll get some fresh air and vitamin D along with your workout — both of which have been shown to fight seasonal depression. But if bad weather makes you press the snooze button, varying your routine will help with this obstacle. When it’s icy, sleeting, or pouring rain, make sure you have a go-to form of indoor exercise, such as riding a stationary bike or an exercise video.

3. “I’m Too Tired.”

If you’re feeling run down, exercise might be the last thing you want to do. And that’s a powerful psychological block to overcome. Think about when you feel your best and try to exercise then. You can also alternate between more and less strenuous forms of exercise, depending on how you feel. Also, you may find the exercise energizes you once you start!

4. “I Can’t Afford It.”

No doubt about it, fitness centers can be pricy. But if there’s a YMCA or a rec center in your town, that might be a more affordable place to swim, use exercise equipment, or take a class. And buying some dumbbells or a yoga mat for home use is cheaper than buying a treadmill.

5. “I Don’t Enjoy It.”

If you don’t enjoy an activity, it can be hard to make yourself do it once, let alone several times a week. That’s why it’s important to try different kinds of exercise and find what you really like. Hate running or the elliptical machine? Maybe handball or a Zumba class would be more up your alley. I hate running, but I can run my heart out when I’m with friends and love every minute of it.

It’s time to get moving, time to get active and put into action what you’ve been putting off. Find a physical activity that you enjoy.

Once you’ve found your favorite ways to exercise, what makes them even easier? A lot of people find listening to high-energy music helps them move faster. Others find tracking their progress on a fitness app gives them the concrete feedback they need to push themselves harder. Whatever it is, lets get moving.

Some fitness trends you can try

Fitness sits at the top of the resolution board and we can understand why. This is a great time to try out those new work out trends and see which ones work best for you!

Boxing

Looking for a total-body exercise? Hit up a boxing class! You don’t have to be in the ring to reap the benefits of this empowering fitness trend. Also, it can even be a great outlet for stress and anxiety.

Cardio Dance Class

For those who are looking for an exciting and fun way to get fit, check out a dance class! One of the best reasons to get involved in dance is that you can find a studio to join or you can do it in your own living room. You can even do it at home with videos like, Cardio dance workout” target=”_blank”>Cardio Dance. These cardio workouts is sure to get your heart pumping and get you sweating.

Work Out Apps

Popularity of work out apps s increasing due to their flexibility when it comes to location, time and convenience (not to mention it cuts out membership fees). If you’re finding it difficult to set aside time to get exercise during your day, find work out Daily Workouts – Exercise Fitness Routine Trainer“>apps that can help get you started on your fitness journey.

Live-Stream Classes

Netflix and other streaming services fans, listen up! Live-stream classes are a great option for those who don’t want to leave their house to get involved in an exercise class! It’s predicted that many studios will use the opportunity to stream because of its potential to reach more followers. Some studios even offer pay-per-stream, which is a great way to try different workouts!

Don’t forget to Stretch

Trying to manage our time and juggle through our daily routine can get pretty hectic, and the busier we get, the more we think that skipping the pre and post-workout stretches is okay.

But, did you know that stretching is what helps you reap the benefits from your workout? We are here to break down the different types of stretching and when to utilize each type.

Dynamic Stretching

Before breaking into your full work out, don’t forget to warm up. The most effective warm-ups typically mimic the exercise you’re planning to do. So, if you’re going for a run, start with a light jog.

Another way to warm up is by a few dynamic stretches—ones where your body is constantly moving. These will activate the muscles you’ll use during your workout, which will result in a more productive session.

Not sure which dynamic stretches work best for you? Try some walking lunges, jumping rope, butt kicks, and/or jumping jacks! Find out what you like and commit to that stretch for a few minutes.

Static Stretching

After you’ve finished and cooled down from your workout, it’s time for some static stretches.

Unlike dynamic stretching, you will hold these poses for a predetermined amount of time, usually ranging between 15 to 45 seconds. Static stretches should include each side of your body.

Examples range from standing or seated quadriceps stretches to an overhead triceps stretch. The greatest part about static stretching? It can be performed alone or with a workout partner!

These stretches will help reduce the amount of energy being produced from your muscles. So in other words, static stretching is great for relaxing your muscles because they focus on individual muscles and certain muscle groups.

When practicing, you must try to remain as relaxed as possible and try to stretch your muscles to their furthest point.

Fuel Up!

Stretching is a crucial habit to make routine in your fitness journey. Preparing your body for the stress it takes on during and after a workout is a key to a healthy future.

In addition to stretching, it is also important to provide your body with the proper nutrients and hydration. If you’re looking for a quick snack for before or after your workout, have a smoothie, or a protein nutritional bars. A banana or even a glass of milk. These products will help provide proper nutrients to fuel your muscles.

What kind of workouts and stretches do you like? Share with us in the comments below!

 

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