Thanks to our busy daily routines these days, fitness is usually not up there on our priorities list. The easiest and probably quickest route to health is the gym; after all, when you hand over money to burn all the unnecessary calories, it becomes a financial as well as a personal investment and people tend to honour that investment.
What happens however when you cannot go to the gym for more than one or two days a week? If you haven’t shaved your diet to suit your new “healthy” regimen and you depend completely on the gym for salvation, you will soon realize that once or twice a week is not enough. In fact, once the body gets used to that kind of rigorous workout, it will crave that stimulus often or go back to the earlier, unhealthy you, the moment you stop. The only way to stop that is to continue working out on your own on the days you don’t attend the gym. Here are some suggestions for what you can do:
Do Structured ExercisesStructured exercises are workout regimens that have a pre-planned set of moves, usually accompanied by set music. Zumba is a famous example of this. This dance based workout is composed of moves that are taken from, or resemble, Latin dance such as the Samba, Rumba, Cha- Cha or Cumbia.however, the movements are amplified and intensified in order to ensure physical exertion. It is one of the most popular workouts in the world today thanks to its upbeat nature and fun-filled atmosphere.
Another famous structured exercise is yoga in Katong. While the number of online tutorials can help you try this at home, it’s advisable to attend a class or two at first, just to get the movements right. Yoga includes a lot of stretching and bending; the flexibility it requires and fosters over time will challenge and strengthen your muscles and bones. However, one false move could cause a sprain, so be extremely careful when practicing it. Though many people follow it for the physical benefits, it is actually considered a mental exercise so yogis will end up feeling loose, limber and relaxed as well.
Do Unstructured ExercisesUnstructured exercises involve anything you do to keep yourself fit. One of the easiest things to do is stretching exercises. Do as many of them as possible, to the maximum amount you can, and they count as physical exertion. Stretch your neck up, down and sideways; roll your arms from the shoulder and bend them from the elbow; do squats; twerk; do figure-eights with your hips; touch your toes with your fingertips without bending your knees; or try lifting your leg up straight past your ears. These exercises will stretch your muscles and loosen you up in preparation for your gym session. Failing all this, just walk everywhere.