How do you feel about gyms? Getting fit in plain view of the general public isn’t the ideal way of doing things for many people. The prospect of grunts, profuse sweating, and having a face the colour of beetroot can put the fear into anyone. And let’s not even start with the attitude of some of the people you find in there.
But that doesn’t mean you should forget about fitness. It’s a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, and you should be doing something every day to raise your heart rate. As a species, we aren’t meant to sit on chairs all day long, or lounge around on a sofa watching TV. We’re supposed to be upright, on the move, and exerting ourselves as much as possible.
So, here’s my guide to getting fit for those that can’t stand the heat of a gym. I’ve been there and know what it’s like, so hopefully you can find a better way with these tips. Let’s start right at the very beginning.
Walking is a valid way of kickstarting a fitness program. As long as you are moving at a robust pace and increase your heart rate, you will start to feel a lot better, fitter, and healthier. Start with twenty minutes a day or so on a flat route, before beginning to tackle hills. Make sure you have some supportive footwear – these walking shoes for men might be a good place to start looking. I would even suggest getting a dog to help you along the way. When an animal is barking outside your door at six in the morning, you are going to have to get up and walk it.
Start to swim
Walking is great for cardio and legs, but you need to be fitter all round. Swimming is pretty much the perfect sport for all levels of fitness. You have to use all of your muscles when you’re in a pool, and because the water supports some of your weight, it feels a lot easier to do. However, once you wake up the morning after your first swim for a few years, you will know you have had a workout. Get used to that feeling, because we’re going to crank it up a little now.
Press ups are an awesome way to build your upper body strength. They can be tough to do when you are just starting out, but they are a perfect way to track your fitness progress. Begin with a number you can handle – even if it’s a single one. Increase your count by one each day, and within a week or so you will have smashed your personal best. You could even think about doing the 365-day challenge. You’re probably sitting there right now thinking there’s no way you can do it, but it’s such a gradual process you won’t even notice you are getting stronger. And after a year, you’ll be able to do it – just hang in there and keep going.
And there you have it. These three simple activities will get you into a much fitter state than you were in no time at all. And once you reach a stage when everything feels comfortable, it’s time to push on with some harder exercises.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my guide and we’ll be back soon. All the best!