Let’s be honest. Very few people in this world truly enjoy exercise. For the rest of us it’s something to dread, an hour or more out of our busy days that can never be taken back. Exercise means sweating, hurting and generally exerting ourselves in ways no one really wants to.
But exercise is a hugely important part of a healthy lifestyle. Eating right and maintaining a healthy diet can take you far. But to do what is best for you and your body, you have to take it to the next level. That means exercising. Not to worry—there are ways to make it so you don’t sweat the exercise.
Take a Class
For most people, cardio is no fun at all. You sit on an exercise bike or run on a treadmill for an hour. It can get tedious. By taking a class, you are not only changing up the cardio, strength training and toning routine, but you are also making it easier to stick with your exercise program. Classes mean the opportunity to make friends, gain support and stay motivated. A class, whether it’s a dance class or a spinning class will also lessen the chance of injury, since there will be a professional on hand to make sure you are exercising safely and correctly.
Interval training is an alternative for those who don’t like extended or long term cardio. Interval training involves working at your own personal ’10’ or maximum effort for a period of time before dropping back to a lower number for a rest period. These intervals are then repeated in sets. Interval training is not only popular for conditioning but it can help if you have reached a plateau in your weight loss, or just want to try something new.
Do What You Love
Enjoying the activity can make the difference between sticking with a program or bailing out. Love yoga even though it doesn’t burn as many calories as spinning? Stick with the yoga. A lower calorie burn on something you enjoy is always better than burning no calories at all when you decide to skip out of the dreaded spinning class.