The foundation of this blog is the idea that fitness is achieved through a gradual and steady voyage. Throughout this voyage, each of us will encounter new information that will allow us to modify and develop the way we individually view fitness, and how we will continue to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
My personal views are evident on the archives of this site via the articles that I have published. As I continue to learn and research the realm of health and fitness, I will also continue to evolve my perspective on how the ultimate healthy lifestyle is achieved. I realize my viewpoint may not ever reach perfection, but I hope you stay current with this site and keep posting comments, so that we can learn from one another to develop our own ideal healthy lives.
With that said, you may (or may not) know that I have recently started to really buy into the primal living ideology, better known as the paleo diet. This school of thought includes views on exercise that differ from the conventional workouts that we are used to. Physical activity and exercise is recommended to be performed on a daily basis, which could take a big chunk of your schedule if it was to be solely performed in a gym. However, when thinking primally, we begin to better understand that fitness does not have to be this extremely regimented and strict, but can be easily meshed into daily life.
The gym lifestyle – Setting yourself up for failure
Too many of us start off wanting to ‘get in shape’, and the first thing that comes to mind is joining a gym. Now, don’t get me wrong, joining a gym is great as a first step. However, we can’t rely too heavily on the gym as the only way to get a workout in. Instead, we need to look at other ways to get our daily exercise, such as a quick jog in your neighborhood, walking your dog, or even yard work. These are all ways to raise your heart rate and burn some calories that don’t require getting dressed in your gym clothes and driving to the gym.
Relying solely on the gym is too time restrictive sometimes, and will be hard to continue if you have a busy schedule, like most people. It’s also easy to make excuses not to go, since it requires you to get ready, get in your car, and drive to the destination. Even if we do end up making it into the gym, there can be distractions that keep us from getting the workout we need, like other people talking to you, using the piece of equipment you want, or posing in the mirror.
On the other hand, performing non-gym alternative workouts such as chopping wood, mowing the lawn, landscaping, etc. will not only be productive, it can also turn out to be fun (if you’re able to think outside the box). Plus, you will find that it is way easier to fit these types of workouts into your schedule consistently, since they are things that need done anyways.
Like I said, don’t misread what I am saying here: I still believe that the gym is a crucial place to perform a variety of exercise routines. Obviously I’m a fan, I work in one. But what I’m trying to prove here is that you need to think outside of the gym to get your required daily exercise, as not all workouts are going to be done in the gym.
Remember, get creative with your exercise. Workouts don’t all need to be dumbbells and treadmills. Exercise is exercise whether it’s done inside or outside. The key, just like with anything else, is hard work, consistency, and SWEAT!