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Easy Ways to Work on Your Muscles Every Day
- Updated: July 22, 2016
In this day and age of constant sedition, it is extremely important to one’s health that they find ways to stay active on a daily basis. Whether we are driving to the office on our daily two way commute, sitting in the office for eight hours a day staring at a computer screen, or sitting down in front of another screen for an average of three hours a day watching television, it is clear that our lives are pretty placid in terms of the physical activity we put ourselves through.
Technology has allowed us certain conveniences which are certainly useful, no doubt. Yet, we have come a long way from the days of hunting and gathering, large-scale subsistence agriculture, as well as procreating for the survival of the species, all activities which would have been necessary and would have killed carbs by the thousands.
Instead of physical activity becoming a necessary part of jobs and sustained living, it is now one of many compartmentalized things we do in our increasingly hectic weekly and daily schedules. We sign up for a gym membership and run that elliptical machine like a hamster spinning its wheels, and that is a form of calorie burning. Which, not to be overly critical, is all fine and well, and certainly better than the alternative of not getting that exercise in. The alternative of obesity is no joke, and in certain industrialised nations (here’s looking at you, America), is an epidemic that threatens to shave off nearly nine and a half years of people’s lives.
Given these facts, let us take a look at ways to work on your body every day, and make it a more sustainable daily practice as opposed to another gruelling routine that you dread.
Make Exercise Fun
If you happen to be one of those people who do get to the gym regularly to work on chiselling your way to a classic physique, congrats. For the other 90% of us, one way to encourage this good behaviour is to find ways to make it more enjoyable. You could leverage technology by downloading your favourite podcasts or pump up music to get you going, just as you could play casinos online while you aren’t doing anything with your hands on the aforementioned elliptical machine, or stationary bike. Or, to mimic the positive reinforcement of succeeding in online casinos – namely, winning money – you could pay yourself (or treat yourself to something nice) each time you go to the gym. (You might even find you forget you are exercising, and put in more work as a result). Alternatively, inviting a friend to go with you is a sure way provide that accountability you need to get you motivated.
Walk as much as Possible
We get it: certain modern lifestyles demand we use our cars and public transportation as much as possible just for the sake of efficacy. And again, that is not necessarily a bad thing. Yet, what is at stake is a built-in form of exercise in our daily routine, useful for say, when you are on the road and do not have access to your gym. Looking for ways to build in a bit more exercise is easy when you do things like park away from your destination to force you to walk for five minutes to and from your car, or avoid the elevator so you have to walk up a couple of storeys. You may be a bit sweaty and dishevelled for it, but leave your ego at the door, freshen up in the bathroom, and know that incorporating exercise into your routine is good for you.
Muscle tone is half exercise, half diet. So while not necessarily a ‘way to work on your muscles,’ develop good eating habits by avoiding things like fried foods, which contain higher amounts of trans fats. If this sounds like a foreign language to you, then take the opportunity to read up on diets that contain the right proportion of protein, carbs, and fats, and just learn about how to eat healthy and deliciously in general. Contrary to popular opinion, the two are not mutually exclusive!