In a recent article I read in the New York Times health section, it stated that the minimalist workout is now gaining more popularity than the traditional types of exercise. DUH! Let’s see… exercise for 25 minutes, high intensity, or 45 minutes to an hour running or biking? It seems that the average person would choose the 25 minute exercise. It is quicker and it also burns about the same amount of calories, depending on the exercise of course.
Ms. Reynolds also stated that 80% of Americans do not meet the required amount of exercise needed on a weekly basis. Why is this? Maybe we Americans are too busy? Lazy? TV is more important? Surfing the internet seems more fun? So, how do we change our exercise ways?
Here are some ideas that I can think of:
1. Decide what exercises are the most fun for you. Is it running? Jumping? Walking? Swimming? Dancing? Maybe the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)? Crossfit? Kick Boxing?
2. Chose a time that would be best. It does not matter whether it is during the day, in the evening, late at night, or early morning.
3. Get an exercise buddy. Doing anything that you might not like is more fun with someone to complain with. You know this is true.
4. Mark down on a calendar the days that you exercise. This is the way to see how lazy you truly are, or to see how accomplished you have become!
5. Give yourself a treat after you complete each week, working out at least 5 of the 7 days. Maybe buy yourself something small? Eat a favorite treat? Just reward you.
I think it can be possible. I, myself, have finally jumped on the exercise wagon again. I got a friend and we suffer together 3 days a week by walking and or jogging. The other 2 days, I jump around using the HIIT videos on youTube: BodyRock.tv, or the Insanity videos, or The Fitness Blender Workouts. Regardless, I have found what I like to do, and I keep at it.
Finally!! I AM BACK! 🙂