We all know that exercise is good for us, yet so many of us out there still don’t participate in enough exercise or physical activity to keep us healthy. Maybe you find exercise boring, or you may feel you are just too busy during your day. These are typical reasons why so many of us “Fall out of Exercise” or lose our motivation and are no longer committed to the cause.
What should you consider when trying to get fit this summer?
The most important things are your motivation to make a lifestyle change and your short to long term goals! Choose an exercise that you enjoy and that is not a chore to do and can sustain. If you’ve been inactive for a while, use a sensible approach to exercise, start out slowly and try and focus on the bigger picture.
What exercise would be most effective and why?
The most effective workouts are those that challenge all the fitness components: cardiovascular system, muscular skeletal system, agility, co-ordination, balance, and stamina. Boot Camp and Cross Fit training are great examples of how this type of training works! By moving from one exercise directly into the next exercise you maximise your fat burning potential. Since you’re working so many muscle groups at once you’re going to be burning up calories much more quickly.
How many times do you need to exercise?
For adults, the recommended amount is 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate activity per week. You should also aim to include 2 strength training sessions per week for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Remember, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19-20), so honour God with your body!