It is no secret that exercise is crucial for our well-being. In fact, experts recommend a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week.
However, how many of us actually diligently exercise that much a week?
Exercise can be painful – the breathlessness, the sore muscles, the general feeling that you’d much rather die than jog another metre more. I totally understand if just the idea of exercise makes you shudder (me too!). Nonetheless, exercise is still important and should be part of your lifestyle.
Thankfully, you don’t need to be an extremely ripped gym-goer to reap the benefits of exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated or extremely demanding. Here are 3 simple exercises for those who hate to exercise.
Yes, walking! You don’t need any fancy gym equipment for this at all; all you need is your pair of trusty legs. If you’re travelling a short distance, why not walk there instead of hopping onto a bus? Additionally, choose to take the stairs instead of the lift. It’s a simple and easy way to get moving and get healthy.
Short on time? With HIIT, you don’t need to spend hours at the gym to be healthy. HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, are workouts that combine short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest. The workouts usually include simple exercises like jumping jacks, lunges and planks. HIIT has been gaining traction for its ability to burn fat fast. In fact, it was voted as one of the top fitness trends in 2020 by a recent survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine. Lots of HIIT videos can be found online for you to follow at home, or in the office, etc. What’s more, most HIIT workouts are 30 minutes are shorter. There’s no excuse not to exercise now!
Yoga is great for those who hate to exercise. With yoga, you barely feel like you’re exercising, yet you’ll be able to reap similar health benefits at the same time. Benefits include increased flexibility, better muscle strength and tone, and improved respiration amongst many others. Moreover, you don’t even need any heavy equipment other than a yoga mat, and an open space.