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But I'm not in the mood to workout...
27 Jan' 21

But I'm not in the mood to workout...

 

 

Not long after the first fitness magazine was published, a list probably followed soon after, ranking the best fitness equipment. This tradition has continued, with the implicit message: use this and exercise will be yours.


There is no such thing as a "best" way to get in shape. People are aware of the situation. They've heard that 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week is recommended by the government,they recognise the importance of physical activity in their lives. 


Exercise knowledge alone isn't enough to get people to exercise.

 

It's helpful to look back in time before answering why. People carried water and climbed stairs because they had to before the Industrial Revolution. However, technology such as elevators and automobiles made life and work easier. Exercise has become something that people must make time for and actively seek out. They usually don't, which is unsurprising. "When physical exertion is neither required nor gratifying, it's an instinct to avoid it.”


It may appear that being healthy qualifies as a requirement, but a doctor's prescription to exercise "may make it as if you were taking cod liver oil." It works occasionally, but more often than not, it does not." And it still comes across as a command, usually linked to decreasing weight or avoiding disease, with the caveat that "not having a heart attack in five years is not an instant reward.”


People may be unwilling to exercise because they have never found it enjoyable. Most of us have vivid recollections of gym class, not getting chosen for a team, or working out in a gym crowded with fit people. "The vast majority are uninterested. Coaching individuals in an empowering and motivational manner, on the other hand, can be far more effective than simply telling them to exercise. It's crucial to let folks appreciate the release of endorphins and the boost in dopamine and serotonin that comes with exercise." 


One major stumbling block is that exercise is sometimes sold as only being beneficial if it contains specific clothing, devices, trainers, or even a gym.

 

Also read 5 exercises to get a flat tummy 


Creating your strategy 


There is no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise, but following these steps will help you discover out what works best for you. 


Make it unique. Some individuals need the gym because it provides programming and defines "their routine," yet the most important aspect of exercise is raising your heart rate, which can be accomplished in a variety of ways. "It's not a jog or a gym."


If you're stuck, consider things you've enjoyed in the past, even when you were a kid. It could lead to you purchasing a Hula Hoop – a great workout and good chuckle — but it could also lead you to discover that the possibilities are closer than you think. Dancing, soccer, and going for a walk with friends are never mentioned as forms of exercise, although they all qualify.


Begin small. A typical excuse is a lack of time, and 150 minutes each week seems like a lot. Breaking it down to 21 minutes a day makes it more manageable, but doing too much too soon risks injury, which adds to the negative connotation and disincentive. While you should seek permission from your primary care physician before starting, especially if you've been inactive, it's reasonable to start with five minutes, twice a day, three times a week, and gradually increase. "The idea is to sit less and walk more.”


Remove the roadblocks. Because you don't know of a decent walking path in your neighbourhood or don't have walking sneakers, inertia can be difficult to overcome. Your first "workouts" can be getting what you need, and you don't even have to leave the house after that. It may be utilising a portable pedaler while watching TV or reading while sitting on a stability ball as your office desk chair. It's all about gaining traction. "Begin where you're ready to begin.”


Increase the amount of discussion. It's crucial to exercise alongside others. "We're sociable animals." "Going to the movies with other people is more fun." There's an unspoken agreement and subtle peer pressure when you're in a group or even with just one other person: I'll show up because you're showing up, and we can referee each other. You can also communicate. When walking, no one is concerned about the time or distance. There's music if you're dancing, and you can do it over Zoom. You're more inclined to remain with whatever decision you make. "It makes the procedure more enjoyable." "Laughter, fun, and love are more powerful motivators than fear."

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