Douglas Wheeler; Strength Coach
More and more, society is learning the importance of general fitness, exercise, and good nutrition in order to maintain a healthy life. But in a society that is ruled by the internet, misinformation in the world of fitness and nutrition abounds and people are tasked with trying to figure out what is real and what is just nonsense that people post to get their name out there. However, general fitness can be fun and can be quite simple if you are patient enough to go through with it and push past the initial challenges. There are many ways to exercise in a group setting without having to take a run of the mill step class or aerobics class, such as doing CrossFit, participating in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or even just exercising with friends.
Fitness is important for everyone because it promotes health and well-being. Scientific studies have shown that through complex reactions and mechanisms down to the cellular level that exercise helps the immune system, fights aging, and even makes you feel good by causing your brain to release endorphins, or chemicals that make you feel good and happy.
1. Do Not Think of Exercise as a Chore
If you think of exercise as a chore, you will begin to look for ways to get out of exercising, rather than exercising. In fact, rather than looking at it as something you should do at some point during the day, think of exercise as only part of having an active lifestyle! If you will change your habits to become more active, you will be surprised to find how much extra time you have during the day.
2.Get Involved in CrossFit
CrossFit can be a fun way to exercise and get fit if done properly. CrossFit is a specific type of workout involving many different exercises from Olympic weightlifting movements to rowing or jogging. CrossFit is done in specialized gyms known as boxes, where group sessions are led by certified CrossFit coaches. CrossFit can be a very intense and high impact sport, however, so it is important that if you are considering CrossFit, you ensure that you are healthy enough for exercise and you only complete workouts at your own pace.
3.Consider Martial Arts
Not only are martial arts a fun way to exercise and get fit, it also has many practical uses, such as learning self defense! Martial arts include karate, tae kwon do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and many others. Martial arts not only promote activity and teach self defense, but it also teaches mental focus and acuity.
4. Make Exercise a Game
Exercise with friends and make it a competition, trying to work harder and sweat more. Of course, be sensible and don’t hurt yourself, but have fun with it. You’d be surprised to see how much harder you’ll work when exercising with a friend.
5. Look for Ways to Stay Active
Look for ways to make activity part of your everyday routine such as parking farther from the entrance to the store, going the extra mile while cleaning, or even walking the dog a little bit farther. If you live in an area where driving is not necessary, leave your home a few minutes earlier and ride your bike or walk to work. There are all sorts of ways to incorporate activity into your routine, and they can all be fun rather than tedious. Most importantly, find activities that you enjoy, you will be more likely to follow through with it if you enjoy it, so that does not necessarily mean that you have to go run on a treadmill.