With the coming of spring there is new life, new joy and hopefully a new start at healthy living. Those Christmas hams and Thanksgiving pies have stuffed most of us to the gills. Well, that is what should be expected when visiting family and friends. Your aunt would probably be upset if you didn’t eat her casserole. Gaining a few pounds over the holidays is normal. Losing it before spring break is exceptional. Time to get back into the groove, back into the gym, and back on the mat.
Gym memberships can be expensive if you want to workout in a top of the line facility. All the amenities could be worth it – depending on what you’re looking for in a gym. The most affordable packages – like what you would find in a place like Planet Fitness – could be great if you know specifically what you want to work out on and how long you would need to go at it. For instance, I’ve been a personal trainer and I could do over a dozen exercises to transform my body with just a bench, a 45 pound bar and two to four 45 pound plates. I’m good at getting a lot out of a little. If the treadmills are all filled up, grab a jump rope and get to skipping. It’s a better exercise in my opinion anyway.
High quality gyms will likely have everything from yoga classes, to spin classes, zumba, swimming pools, basketball courts, and maybe even a sauna. You’d be paying for a lot of that in your membership of course. Best to make the most out of it.
Yoga is one of my favorite exercises. It’s simple to do do, it takes only 30 minutes to an hour. It’s low impact, and yes – it’s basically stretching. You won’t get super big arms or a wide chest by stretching on the mat but you will burn calories, gain flexibility and possibly even some peace of mind under the right yoga teacher.
Hit the floor. Push ups are my favorite although it now takes me about 100 reps to even begin feeling like I’m making gains. It’s free, you can do them virtually anywhere. Sit ups are about the same – takes a lot for me to feel gain. And pull ups are great although you can’t just do them anywhere. Calisthenics – that’s how your great grandfather got in shape and he was a tough old bird.
American men typically feel the pressure to have a perfected masculine body. Arms, abs, pecs, calves, thighs and whatever else makes women drop their jaws. What’s most important is that you have a body type that makes you feel happy and healthy. There are many routes to take but it’s up to you to travel the road to a healthier you. Don’t forget that you could even make a difference just by cutting out a lot of crappy foods from your diet. Think of all the beer, pizza, soda, and late night Junior bacon cheeseburgers that you could avoid to trim off a few pounds. Do it for your virility.