Training in a gym is not the only way to stay healthy. Adopt the 'lifestyle approach' by incorporating your fitness routine into your daily activities.
Adopting the 'lifestyle activities' approach is not about building muscles and getting ‘gym fit’, but just means that you’re able to easily manage your day-to-day activities such as carrying heavy bags of shopping or running for a bus when you need to. As long as you follow some basic guidelines, you can exercise when and wherever you like.
This level of activity is purely for maintaining health and to stop the body from getting weaker. For these basic health benefits, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), we need a minimum of 30 minutes a day moderate activity, 5 times a week.
This is not as much as it sounds, given that this will include doing housework, gardening, walking the dog, playing Frisbee etc.
It doesn’t have to be taken in one 30-minute session; you can break it up into 10-minute chunks if that is more manageable for you.
Try modifying your daily routine to introduce some extra light exercise - walk or ride a bike instead of using public transport or a car, and walk up escalators instead of standing. We often forget that dancing is a great activity for health (as long as you don’t drink so much while you’re out that you negate the health benefits of the dancing!).
As an intermediate step, for those of you who would like more health benefits but still aren’t interested in going to the gym, you could consider taking up a dance class or joining a walking group.
These basic changes can yield great benefits for anybody, and you can then look at a more structured routine at the gym if you like, which will yield far greater long term benefits for your health and fitness.
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