Nowadays, our lives always seem in a bit of a hurry. The way we eat and regulate our stress is getting worse with each passing day. We get depressed, anxious, or have a sedentary life.
Again, we have less time to solve these health problems than before. If unchecked, a routine with no physical exercise will cost you a lot, not only weight gain, but with other kinds of diseases as well.
The imbalances that can come with weight are: cholesterol, triglycerides, liver function disorder, diabetes, and some others. They can impair our ability to overcome a lot of challenges in our life, and not only physical ones. Other diseases can come across someone who has a sedentary lifestyle.
How can we solve those problems with most efficiency? With some exercise, of course. There is no detour to be healthier in one or two weeks. But you can at least choose forms of exercising your body which you can benefit the most from. Let’s talk about them:
1) Martial Arts
Karate. Judo. Jiu-jitsu. Taekwondo. And any others you can imagine. The whole body can benefit with a daily or even weekly hour of training kicks, punches, throws and the like. Good for breathing improvements, muscular strength, and joint reinforcement.
To train a martial art in a dojo or gym is to have a group experience. There people are better and worse than you. The instructor (called “sensei” or “shihan” in some fighting styles) oversees it all.
Martial arts also can give benefits to other aspects of your life. Some styles encourage meditation about all the punching and kicking at all times. This builds a mindfulness routine that is good for mental health.
People will not beat you on purpose, but accidents may happen. Do it with caution! You do not want to have a broken finger, a strained ankle or damage in a nerve in an arm or leg so soon.
2) Team Sports
As said above, making exercise with a bunch of people gives a social experience. In teams, people enjoy sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, and others.
Those activities, as the martial arts, are some of a complete exercises. They build cardiovascular health with ease. They need running and quick bursts of activity.
Since there is a competitive component, we recommend you also do not give yourself too much. Not as high as with martial arts, but the risk of hurting you or others is significant.
3) Dance classes
Dancing is often an overlooked field of exercise. Any kind can do. Aside from being fun, dancing sessions build cardiovascular strength.
Your motor coordination goes up every time. Moreover, this is a social activity with much less risk of hurting yourself or others. It is especially recommended to couples who want to have a shared activity. It will help both to get fit and will also increase the intimacy and partnership between them. Believe me; you will have the time of your lives, in a way that you never felt before.
Water is a good place to be inside and make some exercise. Since the human body buoys in it, the impact is low. The chance you can suffer an injury while swimming is very slim.
Making laps inside an Olympic or semi-Olympic pool is a fast activity. It requires a lot of action from feet and arms – most of the latter, which benefit the most. Meanwhile, diving around a swimming pool is big for your lungs. If you do not overdo it, you can build breathing capacity in a short span of time.
People usually think about using a bicycle as a method of exercise, but think about ideal gear. Ok, it is better to use a good bike, but a helmet is more important. As is the caution with cars and incoming pedestrians from the sidewalks. Or, on a closed track, the speed and position of fellow cyclists.
Cycling is a low-impact exercise that helps especially with cardiovascular health. It is easy on the joints and still builds your lower body.
Yes. Walking. Could it not be simpler? A good pair of shoes or snickers, shorts or pants – not jeans. Then you are ready.
Go for about 10 or 15 minutes to start. Do it at your own pace. Then, keep escalating: 5 or 10 more minutes each week after the first. Or every two weeks, you decide. Don’t stop doing it. Reach 30 minutes a day, if you plan to transform walking into running. Keep it to one whole hour if you are wishing just to walk.
At this point, it does not matter where you walk. At home or in a gym, in a treadmill, or outside, in the streets of your neighborhood. The most important are to move.
The benefits are enormous. A good initiative for those who wish to cut some fat. You will have better cholesterol levels as well. Better bones. Better blood pressure. Less risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Last, but not least: you will feel very good about it. Walking is one of the best alternatives to exercise while having a good time. It will leave your body with less pain after a session, if you do it the right way. Don’t overdo it, and your feet will be your best friends.