There’s never been a more exciting time to gym like now. In fact, you’ll most probably be considered weird if you don’t own either a smart-band, gym membership card, bike, or a pair of trainers. Fitness is trending and you need to get on the bus as soon as possible.
In terms of motivation, you’ll realize how much you’re covered as soon as you step outside your house or even look outside your window. However, having said all that, please don’t be like me and do it for the sake of it—like I once did. You really have to know why you work out and that should help you set your goals.
So, I am going to take you through a very short journey of my gym life, excluding the failure parts—because that will just turn “very short” into “very long.” Since I am a skinny guy and never really aspired to body build, I just gym to keep fit. Reason; well considering the foods I consume daily and the fact that I wheel my way around the office with my awesome chair, gym has become more than a necessity for me.
Like I said in the beginning, you first must discover your reason before you start your journey, otherwise it will be frustrating and pointless. Knowing my reason helped me decide whether I needed intense Cardio or not. Please note overworking yourself may suppress your immune system or result to a burn out. So be sure to control your pace well and work according to your bodies capabilities, you may gradually increase your workout as time goes.
Now that we have that out of the way, selecting a type of cardio will be your next step. I personally went for fun—running is a form of cardio, and since playing soccer involves running, I play a game of indoor soccer with a group of friends for an hour every second night to meet my goal. There are other fun ways you can get your cardio workout, for example:
Running help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise
Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/cycling-health-benefits)
A key to getting a good aerobic workout when playing squash is to keep rest periods brief (between 1-2 minutes at most) Source (interactivesquash.com/squash-health/)
Dance is a great form of exercise because it provides you with both aerobic and anaerobic movements (www.business2community.com/…/five-reasons-why-dancing-is-great-exercise-091772)
And the list goes on. If you notice, the pattern in all the forms of cardio workouts I’ve mentioned is that- they can be done as a group (groups are fun) and can be done without monthly costs. Doing things as a group will cover a very important part of your journey, which is keeping you motivated and doing it free will eliminate excuses—which is very common when the going gets tough.