If you’re like me, then you probably haven’t been to the gym in a hot minute. Maybe you are busy all the time, maybe you just feel lazy, or maybe you’ll just go tomorrow (no, next week for sure). Whatever the reason, I am here to get you started on your path to finally getting that summer body.
If I still have your attention, then what you’re about to read next is what your doctor has already explained the benefits of exercise. It seems like a no-brainer that exercising is good for you but maybe you aren’t aware of the vast benefits of working out. Besides the apparent benefit of controlled weight exercise also prevent bad health conditions and diseases, improves mood, promotes better sleep, and boosts energy. When you are working out chemicals, such as dopamine, are released which can improve one’s mood. With this being said, a person struggling with depression or anxiety benefit greatly from exercise. If you are tired of eating cheerios to lower cholesterol “being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides”.
Now that you know that working out benefits a person both physically and mentally, you need to figure out your motive for going to the gym. Are you trying to lose weight? Do you need a stress reliever? Is exercising something you are trying to incorporate into your daily life? Once you figure out your reason for exercising, the idea of actually going to the gym will be more appealing. Having a goal in mind will lead you towards a healthier path.
Have you found your motivation? Then, it is time to actually hit the gym, but what workout should you go with? The motivation for exercises usually fall into either the physical or mental category. Different exercises are better suited for each of these categories.
If your motivation is more towards the mental benefits of exercise, then yoga and is what you need. Yoga is a typically calm and relaxing workout and its “incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being”. I recommend yoga for those who are stressed out and just need a brain break.
On the other end of the spectrum, the motivation is the physical benefit of working out. This is when it becomes more complicated because you can do almost any type of fitness and reap its physical benefits. If you’re reading this, then you are probably a first timer at the gym, so you are going to have to experiment to find out what exercise is best for you. The exercise that makes you want to come back to the gym is what you are looking for. For first timers, running or walking on the treadmill is your best bet because of its simplicity. I recommend beginning slow paced and building yourself up with any workout you decide to do. For example, when lifting weights start off with the lightweights and slowly work your way up to those heavyweight dumbbells. If you are going to the gym for weight loss, do not put too much on yourself at once because then the gym will feel more like a chore than a choice.
Remember to always stay positive when it comes to exercising. Know it will take commitment to continue making your way to the gym. Keep your goal in mind and pace yourself because exercising consistently is a blessing in disguise that will show its reward in due time.
- “7 Great Reasons Why Exercise Matters.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 14 Dec. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389.
- “Benefits of Yoga.” American Osteopathic Association, osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/benefits-of-yoga/.