Have you been spending a bit too much time on the sofa lately? A sedentary lifestyle can have many unwanted side effects. Lethargy, atrophy, onset diabetes, weight gain and high blood pressure are just a few of the side effects of a sedentary lifestyle. It’s all too understandable to retreat to the safety of your sofa given the near constant barrage of extreme diet, fitness and health advice blaring from every major media outlet. Any approach that is extreme will produce short term results at best or result in a trip to the emergency room at worst. For any workout regime to be effective, it must be sustainable. Extreme workouts as well as boring routines will result in limited physical fitness gains. Follow these back to basics recommendations from the fitness professionals to jazz up your workouts.
Rotate your workouts from the gym to the great outdoors. Any routine done week after week will not only lose your interest, but will also loose efficacy. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and check out the 24 Hour Fitness facilities located near your home or office. Couple that with a renewed discovery for your own neighborhood. Grab a pair of quality athletic shoes and commit to a thirty minute daily walk in the great outdoors. While you want to maintain a brisk pace, don’t focus on speed or distance. The initial goal is to simply develop a sustainable habit. After a few short weeks you will begin to feel an increase in energy and stamina. Begin to introduce speed bursts into your workouts. After a five minute warm up, burst your speed for two minutes and return to your brisk pace for two minutes. Continue this interval throughout your thirty minute walk. A fitness tracker is very helpful for speed burst walks. Within the first month you’ll free an increase in energy, motivation and muscle strength.
Finally, don’t sabotage your new found walking regime with poor food choices. The greatest gift you can give your body is the elimination of fast food meals and sugary sodas. The body is simply not designed to process copious amounts of added sugars and sodium.