Contrary to popular belief, exercising doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective. You don’t need a fancy home-gym or expensive yoga classes to get a good workout in. Don’t get me wrong, those are all great options. However, with the rise of Instagram fitness sensations, too many people overthink working out to the point where they shy away from it completely. Working out shouldn’t be about achieving the perfect figure (unless you’re a fitness model of course). It should be about keeping your body healthy & functional.
Mind, Body & Soul
In addition to all the physical benefits (lowered blood pressure, healthier cardiovascular system, reduced body fat), exercise also has the same effect on your mental health. In a world where everyone is stressed out, and working overtime trying to get everything done, it’s important to take a moment to relax and practice self-care. Exercise stimulates endorphins, releasing serotonin to the brain, which reduces stress, wards off anxiety, boosts self-esteem, and improves sleep. Leaving you feeling generally happier. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?
Change Your Attitude
You are more likely to stick with a routine if you come at it from a place of self-love. You should exercise because you love your body and want to take care of it, not because you think your thighs are too big in your new bikini. Put a positive spin on it and you’ll be surprised by your newfound motivation.
Going for a walk or bike ride, or doing some light stretching are all great ways to keep our bodies active. But as we get older, it is imperative that we take proper measures to maintain muscle strength & bone density. This will ensure continued body mobility & fluidity. Functional exercises can be done with your own body weight–no equipment necessary.
Nike Said it Best: Just Do It
Below is a short, yet effective routine that I absolutely love. It works the whole body–strengthening & stretching in one. It’s also guaranteed to get your heart rate up, for a healthy dose of cardio. Incorporate it to your existing exercise regimen 3 times per week–for maximum impact include as many fresh fruits & vegetables, lean meats, Omega-3 rich foods (salmon, avocados, nuts, and eggs for example), whole grains, and lots of water to your diet.
Repeat the workout routine three times and finish with stretching–take breaks as needed. As you get better, breaks should be minimal. Go at your own pace, and remember that consistency is the key to success.
Cool Down Stretch
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