The Best Fitness Advice You Will Ever Receive
So I lied. I don’t have any single piece of workout advice that is life-changing and profound. I do, however, have a lot of tips that you can incorporate into your life to allow you to be more active, healthier, and happier.
We are bombarded with information all day long. Whether it is the foods we should be eating, the type of exercise we should be doing, or the right supplements we should be taking, it never ends.
It creates this information overload that leaves us paralyzed, misinformed, and confused. Naturally, we attach to one train of thought as being absolutely correct and neglect all other information.
This article is about simplifying fitness for you as I attempt to explain to you the basics of what it means to exercise.
I know this sounds simple, but exercise does not have to be complicated. You just have to move a little bit and get your heart rate up. We often create this idea that we need something magical in order to exercise.
If you love running around in circles, then run around in circles. Exercising should make you tired and push you to get past your comfort zone, so that you are challenging yourself and improving, Beyond that, however, it can be anything you want it to be.
Yes, exercising can and should be something you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it, then what is the point?
I mean… have you seen people doing zumba? Albeit, they look kind of ridiculous, but they are burning a lot of calories and sweating quite a bit, all while having a good time.
If you like playing sports, go play sports. If you like going to the gym, go to the gym. If you like running around with your kids, run around with your kids.
The best way to exercise regularly is to love doing it. Find something you love and exercising will be the part of the day you look forward to most.
If you are going hard, it might actually be more beneficial to exercise for less time. Workouts should be never go beyond an hour, and should ideally be between 30 minutes and 45 minutes. When you work out for too long, hormones, such as testosterone, get depleted, and the efficiency of the workout substantially decreases.
If you perform specific workouts, such as interval training, workouts can be intense and short, while being extremely effective.
Interval training is where you have periods of intense exercise followed by periods of moderate-to-light intensity exercise. For example, you would perform a sprint for 30 seconds, followed by light jog or a fast walk for 45 seconds, followed by another 30 second sprint, etc.
In this style workout, you burn more calories, burn more of those calories from fat, and do so in less time. You may even burn more calories after you are done working out via the exercise-afterburn effect, as your body spends energy returning to equilibrium.
I know this sounds crazy, but you do not need fancy equipment or a gym to exercise. Once upon a time in human history, people did not have gyms. They had nature and themselves.
I know times have changed, and many of us live very busy lives, but it is possible to exercise and stay healthy without any special gym memberships.
You can go for a jog, do push-ups, do core exercises, jump, climb, pull yourself up on a tree, find a bench to do dips on, fill a backpack with books and do squats and presses with it, lunges, burpees, etc. I can go on and on about the possibilities.
People in jail do it all the time. You do not have to go to jail to do jail workouts!
Let me rephrase this. Supplements are just as the name suggests: supplemental! They are only needed if your diet is deficient in something.
If you consume adequate protein from your diet, you do not need protein powder. If you intake enough high-nutrient foods, then you do not need to take vitamins.
There are some supplements that are far superior to others, and if you do consume supplements, I highly advise you to pay a little bit extra for higher quality products.
In our fast-paced lives, sometimes it makes more sense to consume a protein shake as we rush to work, but it is important to not confuse more supplements with more health.
Well, there you have it! Make exercising fun, intense, and short, and do it almost anywhere!
About Danny Maman My name is Danny Maman. I have a real passion for health and fitness and enjoy having a life that revolves around this. I have my bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in allied health. I am also a certified personal trainer with ACE and am a former college basketball player.