Fitness doesn’t have to be complicated. You can make fitness simple with these tips. Plus, a free course.
It’s a common misconception that fitness has to be complicated to be done right.
Are there a lot of variables that could affect the desired outcome? Yes.
Are those variables important? Sometimes.
Are those variables more important than just getting some activity in your life for those seeking to improve their health and wellness? No.
In order to improve your health, wellbeing, or even aesthetics it’s important to remember that you need to make fitness simple and just get it done.
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How to make fitness simple.
If you search fitness you’ll get 1.47 million results!
And like all searches you’ll get results that include the good, the bad, and the particularly nasty that should fall of the internet.
How do you cut through all this noise?
Follow the science. Or at least someone that actually reads (and understands) the science.
There are tons of so called “coaches” that have absolutely no credentials, but they exercise so they can tell you how to do it too.
Uh, no. Just no.Make fitness simple by following the science. Not fads, gimmicks, or so called “coaches”. Click To Tweet
For your own safety and sanity please stop trying to follow every fad and gimmick out there.
I promise you can make fitness simple and effective with a few basic strategies.
How to find the time.
The most common excuse for not keeping up a fitness program is the lack of time.
Honestly, it’s hard to find an hour straight to dedicate to fitness. You may know from firsthand experience that it’s hard to find 20 minutes that’s uninterrupted.
But here’s the thing, there’s no reason that you can’t split your workout into smaller stretches of time.
Research has even shown that the results are similar between short burst of activity and longer duration cardio.
And if you do have to workout for shorter periods, you can increase the intensity and get even better results.
And of course, any time is better than none. Stop stressing, make fitness simple and just get moving.
Simplify your cardio.
Make your fitness simple by making you cardio straightforward.
You’ve probably read all of the crazy cardio routines out there.
But do you really need to use HIIT, intervals, 3-2-1’s, tabata, etc… every time?
Nope, the tried and true is that way for a reason.
Take the mental work out of the equation and stick with simple cardio most of the time.
Whether you choose walking, biking, hiking, rowing, or swimming really doesn’t matter.
And it doesn’t matter if it’s 2 minutes at a time or 30 minutes straight.
Unless you’re training for an event, all that matters is that you get moving and get your heart rate up.
Keep your strength training simple.
Make fitness simple for yourself by keeping your strength training simple too.
Once again, unless you are training for a specific event or performance goal, there really is no reason to overcomplicate this.
A simple 3 sets of 10 reps for each movement pattern works.
Can it get boring?
Yes, but sometimes you need that mental downtime.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
You can definitely switch it up to make it interesting.
And different rep ranges and weight combination work for different aspects of muscle development.
But it’s okay to make fitness simple, especially if you’re just starting out.
Plus, you can even break up your strength training and do a few things multiple times a day to fit it all in.
No one said you need to do it all at the same time and research supports that too.
Stretching should be simple.
Make fitness simple by not getting caught up in advanced stretching terminology.
Do you really care if you’re practicing dynamic or static stretching?
I assume that you don’t.
Here’s what you really need to know:
- If you’ve been sitting all day or you’re feeling tight before your workout start moving slowly to warm up your muscles.
- Slowly stretch and hold them after your workout or at various times during the day.
That’s really all there is to it.
Blend balance into other activities.
Unless you’re an older adult or have balance issues you don’t need to worry about doing specific exercises for balance.
Make fitness simple by combining balance building movements with your cardio and strength programs.
Seriously, anything you do while standing works on your balance.
Yes, it really is that simple.
Increase activity throughout the day.
By increasing the number of calories you burn during everyday activities, you decrease the number you need to burn during exercise.
Or you can use them like bonus points.
Taking the stairs, increasing the number of steps you take and the amount of time you spend standing are all easy ways to make fitness simple.
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It’s easy to overcomplicate things, but the basics can help you make fitness simple. Just remember:
- Find a few minutes throughout the day to add fitness, it doesn’t have to be all at once.
- There’s nothing wrong with simple cardio. You just need to raise your heart rate.
- Strength training doesn’t have to be fancy, just make sure you hit each movement pattern.
- Start movements slowly to loosen up tight muscles and stretch throughout the day.
- Anything standing helps improve balance.
- Get up and move more all day long to increase your daily calorie burn.
One more thing, if fitness isn’t fun you’re not likely to do it. So make fitness simple, go outside and play.
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