Did you know that you can drastically improve your fitness and energy levels by doing just 2 hours of exercise per week?
Many people think that to get fit you have to commit to massive life changes, or do hours and hours on the treadmill every day.
This couldn’t be further from the truth; read on to find out how 30 minutes of moderate exercise four times per week can transform many aspects of your life.
“I don’t have the energy!”
If you’ve felt like this in the past, you’ll know that it’s not a great feeling. Sometimes the body’s natural energy reserves feel depleted, and you just want to sit or lie down and watch television.
Don’t worry – this is completely normal. The good news is that you can do something about your energy levels without straining your body.
All you need to commit to is half an hour of exercise every other day, and you will feel better about yourself.
Studies have shown that easy to moderate exercise can boost your immune system, help you sleep, improve your ability to problem solve and make decisions and give you the energy you need to live a full life.
What exercise should you do?
You are aiming to do 30 minutes of exercise four times a week. You don’t need four different types of exercise, but it will help your motivation levels if you do, as well as stopping you getting bored. Here are some effective suggestions.
Going for a brisk walk is a fantastic form of exercise. It is so simple yet so effective – all you need to ensure is that you walk at a fast enough rate to be classed as “moderate.”
Your heartbeat should increase slightly, but you should still be able to hold a conversation with someone. Comfortable footwear is essential, so visit a professional sports shop and let them help find the training shoe that is right for you.
Burning calories whilst out enjoying your surroundings is one of the most enjoyable ways to exercise. Encourage your friends and family to get involved and join you.
Yoga takes a holistic approach to your health. Not only will you get fitter, but you will improve your balance and coordination too. Your heart will race as you the sun salutations and hold the poses, but you will also learn to relax into your body.
Your core strength will increase, and you will experience an inner calm central to Yoga’s ideology. As you can see, it’s worth giving Yoga a try for many reasons.
Try your local health club for beginner classes, and go in with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
Try A Team Sport
Getting involved in a team sport has the added benefit of being a sociable endeavour. You will meet like-minded people, widen your social network, and experience important life skills such as teamwork and cooperation.
Either choose a sport you loved as a child or take up something completely new. Again, adopt a positive “have a go” attitude and you will soon find that you’re enjoying yourself whilst burning those calories.
You may want to start a sports team at work – ask around and see if people are interested. There’s nothing better for workplace morale than playing on the same team and experiencing the highs and lows together.
Exercise At Home
Simple household chores can double up as exercise. A thorough vacuum can burn calories, as can scrubbing and cleaning, washing the car, and gardening.
Everything counts on your journey towards an active and happy life. Don’t be tempted to buy all of the best household cleaning gadgets and machines – this can significantly reduce the work you have to do, which isn’t necessarily a good thing for active living!
What are the other benefits of exercise?
Doing a regular exercise regime encourages self discipline. By sticking to a simple plan you slowly feel as though exercise has become an integral part of your life.
You will look forward to it, and you will make an extra effort to enjoy yourself and reap the maximum benefits.
On a more general note, exercise can help you move on from difficult life experiences.
Unexpected events can hit life at any moment, and it can feel as if the rug has been pulled from under your feel.
Being a fit and healthy person will help you work through bad experiences and come to terms with your emotions.
When can I increase the amount of exercise I do?
The key is not to rush things. Your body needs time to adjust to the new rigours you are placing on it.
30 minutes at a moderate intensity is plenty for the first three months of your training regime.
Only then should you think about increasing either the duration or intensity of the exercise. Take your time and make changes in small increments – never increase things faster than a rate of 10 percent.
A few simple lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on your fitness levels. Once you have committed to a regime of 30-minute exercise four times per week, the other life benefits will follow, such as feeling healthier, happier, and more energetic.
Plan your new lifestyle today and reap the rewards for the rest of your life. Use your imagination to plan an exercise regime that is right for you and complements your current life – you may even inspire your family and friends to follow in your footsteps.
Please note that I am not a health professional. Everything on my blog I researched for self-interest.