Skip the Gym
Why Your Fitness Goals Have Failed
Unfortunately, most of us are not blessed with a love for the gym. It’s a mundane stomping ground that we only frequent when making overly ambitious goals. Each time, we convince ourselves that we can enjoy the experience, only to be let down again and again.
So instead of going back there again, why don’t you try something more realistic and simple?
If it’s simple, you’re more likely to stick to it. If you’re more likely to stick to it, you’ll see progress. And if you see progress, you will continue and get the results you desire.
The key to reach your fitness goals – Consistency! It’s more effective to do a 10 minute workout every day then exercising for hours, 7 days a week during the first week of January or anytime you feel guilty.
Do this workout to save you an hour at the gym
You can achieve the same results as a regular gym goer, through time-tested, quick workouts that you can do anywhere at anytime.
Muscles are fat-burning machines and you’ll be able to tone legs and build strong glutes with bodyweight squats. This Tabata sequence starts with squats, utilizing your largest muscles in your body. Activating your largest muscles first will give you the maximum benefit in your workout. The second exercise will scorch your fat! Mountain climbers are a full body exercise that uses your core and and leaves you breathless. It will raise your metabolism and heart rate immediately while building strong abs and back.
Seems doable, right?
Here’s how much it works your body:
Why is it so effective?
Tabata is a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which alternates between intense exercises (e.g. jumping and squatting) to keep your heart rate up, but allow periods of rest to keep you going.
What are the main benefits?
1. You burn more calories
After an intense workout like HIIT, your body will burn fuel like crazy. If you are performing these exercises at a very high intensity, your body will have to work much harder to keep going. This will cause your heart to pump fast and your metabolism to spike. This is ideal if your goal is to lose fat. Your metabolism will stay high not only during the workout, but after the workout as well. Which means that your body will be burning fat between 24-48 hours after.
2. You can do this anywhere without equipment
Life distractions won’t get in the way of your fitness. Your body is your own gym. Anytime, anywhere, you can perform these functional movements, gain strength and improve your fitness. No excuses! Even when you’re traveling, are on holidays or when access to a gym may not be possible – you can exercise. You don’t need a gym membership if you can exercise in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, body weight exercises can be regressed or progressed to match all fitness levels.
3. You achieve new limits
The breaks you get are timed to give you the extra boost to reach new levels. The short breaks allow your body to recover a little in order to prolong the length of time you can continue your maximal effort without a dramatic decrease in performance. You’ll be tired, but it’ll be over before you know it. Which means in less than 10 minutes you can check off that you did your workout for the day and do it again the next day and again the day after that.
So it doesn’t matter if you have a tough week at work, or if you’re traveling, all those excuses you make for not going to the gym don’t apply here. What will you do with all your extra time you’re not in the gym?