Exercise is critical the older we get. It not only gets our circulation going, and heart rate up, it also feeds our brain with endorphins and helps us to stay limber and flexible. I also think the older we get, the harder it becomes to workout on a daily basis. So it’s best to start out slow, and gradually increase your routines, walk a little further, etc.
It’s also important to add variety to your workouts. One day walk around your neighborhood, another day, ride your bicycle, or if you have a gym membership, go swimming there, and another day, follow a YouTube video exercise routine. Bottom line, mix it up so you don’t get bored and end up quitting.
For people just starting out, you might want to take a look at these low-key fitness recommendations based on where you’re at in your fitness routine.
1. If you haven’t worked out for a long time…
No worries. For this low-key suggestion, commit to just TWO workouts each week. Are you paying for a gym membership that you never use?
Then pack your gear and hit the gym for a basic aerobics class or do your own workout twice a week. Instead of pushing hard, and then being in pain and quitting, start slowly and just commit to one or two workouts per week.
The objective is to stick to it. Make an appointment on your phone’s calendar, and tell yourself that it’s not an option, you will commit to this appointment!
Perhaps you’ve been consistent with your workouts but not getting the results you’re expecting? Then it’s time to change up your workout routine.
Stay committed to the same number of workouts you’re doing each week, but instead change up your workouts and do something completely different.
Say you’ve been going to a yoga class three times a week, switch it up and go to a cycling class instead. Or maybe you’re walking the treadmill for 20 minutes every day, switch it out and workout on the recumbent bicycle instead. When you spark a change in your regular routines, your muscles are forced to move differently and as result, you begin to use all your muscle groups and should begin to see the results you need!
3. Maybe Your Mind Needs a Work Out?
If the above information is not relevant to you, then try something low key to incorporate into your daily routine.
You could pause in the morning and meditate for 15 minutes with a meditation app, or in the evening read an excerpt from a prayer or spiritual book, your daily lunch break do some stretches at your desk or get out and do a “walking meditation” with your meditation phone app.
None of the above mentioned low-key suggestions are overwhelming. They’re completely doable! Aim to try one of them for a month, and take time to reflect on on how your body will totally love you!
Keep a journal of your workouts. Make note of how are you feeling? Are you noticing some changes? If you’re doing great, and feel great, then you are ready to move your workout routine to the next level.