So you paid for a six-month gym membership but quit going after a month of battling with the alarm clock and the monotony. You found it difficult to stick to your gym schedule because of the lack of variation. Exercising at a gym with a bunch of intimidating people seemed like a tedious effort that you couldn’t bring yourself to make.
“Just like we do not eat the same kind of food every day, similarly, we should provide our bodies with the benefit of cross-training by mixing up our routine,” said Kiran Sawhney, the founder of Fitnesolution. “Break the monotony by indulging in different kinds of exercises on different days. Do not let your body reach a plateau,” she further remarked.
If the sight of treadmills, cross trainers and already ‘fit’ people looking forward to ‘bulk up’ filled you with dread, maybe the gymnasium wasn’t the right place for you to be.
However, don’t lose heart just yet. An expensive gym membership isn’t the only way to achieve your fitness goals.
“People need to be told that exercising is not just about burning calories and having a body that looks great – it’s about inculcating a discipline in your life. There are two perspectives to exercising that include both physical as well as mental well being. A great way to achieve that is to mix active and passive exercises, which will help you to ground and centre yourself,” explains Dr. Rachna Khanna Singh, lifestyle expert and psychologist, Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon.
1. DVD workouts
2. Do different forms of exercises on different days
3. Workout during the commercials
4. Be more active at home
5. Couch to 5k
6. Incorporate small activities in your life