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My friends and office colleagues sometimes discuss their fitness levels, anxiety, and other ups and downs in life. Your ability to keep yourself fit is in your hands. Let us have a look at “How to keep yourself fit without going to the Gym“.
Everyone can give you better advice, on how to live a fit, stress-free and happy life, but without your commitment to yourself, it’s just another discussion for killing the time, as we do when we watch TV or explore social media for hours.
What is your priority?
In general, people focus on things that are on high priority in life. Priority doesn’t become significant by just discussing issues, it becomes a priority by how you act on upon them.
If you do not act to keep your old friend in your connection, your friendship is not your priority. Your level of engagement in your work decides how your job is at your priority. If you don’t act on your diet, health is not your priority. Similarly, if you are not working out on a daily basis, fitness is not your priority.
Let us explore how to keep yourself fit without going to the Gym.
Make Fitness your priority
When your body is fit and healthy, your mind becomes strong. Your healthy mind gives you positive thoughts all the time. In my opinion, if you want to enjoy your life, give fitness your priority # 1. Your ability to handle day to day situations and how you handle your thick and thin typically depends upon how strong and positive your approach is.
I don’t have time
This excuse is common. I have heard from many people that they don’t have time. Do not get hooked to this disease. Yes, I call it a disease, because this is just an excuse, and any excuse has its long term bad effects. It stops a human from functioning in the right direction.
Don’t be late
Do not get late for a workout before it’s too late. Your today’s action will help you nurture your tomorrow. You will reap the benefits of what you will sow today. The best part of the daily workout is, it is absolutely free, and it doesn’t require any money to be fit. All you need to do is build it in your blood.
Build a daily workout habit
When you like to watch TV, you don’t need a special reason to make an effort to reach out to the TV remote. You will do it without even thinking about it. When you want to check out what’s happening on social media, you check mobile on every notification ring.
These are just habits you have built-in yourself, so why not build another habit of workout on a daily basis.
Common human habits are built upon what reward you get at the end. For example, when you watch TV, you get a reward that you get entertained. A cup of coffee can give you a kick and satisfies your craving as a reward.
The biggest bonus of daily workout is, it will give you the sight of calmness, stress-free, and positive mind, in addition to a healthy and strong body.
If you think this reward can motivate you to keep reading ahead, go ahead and read the rest of the article, “How to keep yourself fit without going to the Gym?“
Let us get into action
You are reading further, I believe now you have made your mind to get into action. You have made the benefits and what reward you will win from daily workout clear to yourself.
From here forward you will get into real action. Don’t give it up, keep up the momentum.
Decide a particular time
In the beginning, prepare your daily workout plan. Decide what time is suitable for you. The first thing to start building a good habit is to make your principle and keep yourself disciplined.
Write your own code for the program you will install in your daily life. In the beginning, the program duration is 30 minutes 4 to 5 times a week. You will use your following resources,
- Your time
- Your energy
Imagine yourself as an athlete, keep your passion alive, and give yourself a try. Believe me, it’s worth trying. The reward you will get is priceless.
You will win when you start
Remember, you will only win when you take your first step. Just thinking of “I will start soon” is just a thought. To know, any idea is just a thought unless acted upon.
When you decide your daily workout time, keep yourself free only for this activity. Do not let other distractors, like social media notifications or TV programs to engage you at that particular time. It is a good idea to mute your mobile, which will reduce the craving to see at every notification.
When you are in action, you have learned ‘how to keep yourself fit without going to the Gym‘.
Often people underrate walking as a form of exercise. Only sweating in the gym can not be defined as a complete exercise. Walking helps in Cardiovascular health, weight control, reduces obesity, and toning your muscles.
A study on overall 44,448 individuals found that adults living in less walkable neighborhoods had a higher predicted 10‐year cardiovascular disease risk than those living in highly walkable areas.
“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”– Thomas Jefferson
Now your shoelace is tight, start walking. In the beginning, you just need to start with as little as 10 minutes of walk. Keep your speed slow in the beginning, do not be in a hurry to jog.
Most of the people try to reach a high level swiftly, they find it difficult to cope with that and give up quickly. You need to build a walking habit, and when it is in routine, you will never leave it.
Walk with mindfulness
Do not challenge yourself initially, with continuous efforts soon you will be able to do that. Walk slowly and with mindfulness. Pay attention to surroundings, hear the sounds in the background, feel the fresh air on your face. When you use all your senses, you use full attention to minute details, you enjoy more.
Gradually increase time
When you want to increase the time for a walk, remember to keep yourself in control. I will recommend, increasing 1 minute every week. Don’t worry, you will reach your goal of 30 minutes in just another 20 weeks that is around 5 months from start. (10 minutes + 1 Minute X 20 weeks).
Slowly, make a plan to increase your step count to 10,000 steps on a daily basis. There are many gadgets available in the market to track your step counts, calory burns and other physical activities.
Remember, we are building our lifetime habits, so patience is the key to develop lifelong practices.
Gradually increase speed
When you are comfortable walking with a controlled speed, gradually increase the speed. For example, if you are walking with a speed of 3 Km / HR at the beginning that means you have covered 0.5 KM in the initial 10 minutes.
Try to increase speed gradually in order to reach up to 6 Km / Hr. by the time you reach your walk time 30 minutes, you will find you have covered a distance of 3 KM in half an h duration. That is double the speed of what you started in the beginning.
Try the “Run-Walk-Run” method
When you are totally in control of your walking, you can introduce the “Run-Walk-Run” method in your daily routine. You might consider running 30 seconds, then take a break or walk slowly for one minute. When you run, you get tired, your running muscles produce fatigue, the break or a slow walk in between reduces your fatigue and gives control over the way you feel.
“Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself.“– Usain Bolt
Encourage others to walk
Encouraging others will help you in return. It will motivate you to keep your commitment to yourself, and you may get some company for a daily walk. Making friends on joggers track is fun. Try it, you will love going for a walk!
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