We all know exercise and moving are vital for staying healthy. The American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week. Joining a gym may be the answer for you, but you don't have to go to a gym to move more. Here are some other ideas to help reduce your sitting time:
- Use the stairs rather than the elevator
- Take a walking break at work
- Bike to your destination
- Plan an active vacation
- Play tennis
- Do yoga
This list is far from complete, add your own activity to the list and get started! If you are thinking about joining a gym you'll enjoy our Guest Blogger, David Ryan's description of how he took the plunge and stuck to it.
Diary Of A Gym Newbie
Whenever someone asked me if I went to the gym, I would always recoil in a nervous sweat. Something about those testosterone sweat boxes never appealed to me no matter what anyone said. The thought of ‘pumping iron’ or pushing myself until the brink of physical exhaustion didn’t sound like the ideal way to spend my evenings and weekends. It will come as no surprise then that I had never stepped foot into a gym, until last month.
Whether it was because I am getting older or because I have noticed the pounds slowly creep up on me over the years, something finally forced me up off of the couch and into the gym. Today I am going to discuss my first few steps into the gym and what I did to prepare myself for a whole new lifestyle change.
My first step was to find the right gym that suited me and my needs. I didn’t fancy joining a gym full of meat head steroid filled alpha males, grunting and groaning their way through a workout. Nor did I want a gym full of extremely active athletes whose idea of a fun is participating in weekly triathlons. What I needed was a simple and straight forward gym with a manageable monthly fee and a wide variety of fitness equipment.
I did some research and found a local hotel that had its own gym and pool facilities for a small fee. I paid my joining fee, had my induction and then it was up to me, the gym was waiting. In conjunction with joining the gym I began to look online for advice on eating healthy and found many healthy recipes and meals perfect for my new lifestyle change.
No going back
After the instructor showed me how to use all of the equipment in a safe way, I was left to my own devices. I was under no illusions about my fitness and strength, so I began to pace myself. I downloaded a cool app on my phone that is like having your own personal trainer with you. It kept score of my progress and I could see what I needed to improve on each time I went to the gym.
After a few sessions I was able to increase the weight and resistance on the machines and up my speed on the cardio equipment to a respectable level. Don’t get me wrong, the first few sessions were an absolute killer. I would leave the gym with a red face, sweat pouring off me and promising myself I would never go back. However, after all the next morning aches and pains, I stuck to my guns and continued to go until I saw the improvements I wanted.
After a while, to my surprise, I really started to enjoy going to the gym. I would go straight after work so I didn’t let myself have time to go home and relax before heading out again. I found this worked best as it kept me motivated throughout each session. I knew once I was done, I was done....at least for the day.
I now go to the gym three times a week and look forward to each session. As each one passes I notice more and more small improvements that entice me back for more. Not bad for someone who avoided the gym for years, right?
David Ryan has many published blogs. He is an avid fitness enthusiast that enjoys spending his weekends in the great outdoors on his bicycle cycling along local country roads.