Take it outside.
A work out doesn’t have to be in a gym.
On in a class.
And you don’t need to run or use cardio machines to be in an AMAZING shape — I don’t do any running or cardio machines.
And I am leaner than a whole lot of people who spend hours doing cardio.
Cardio is stupid. Long steady cardio is stupid. It’s a waste of time. And very often a waste of your health.
What do I do?
I walk whenever and wherever I can — and there are not so many situations I can’t. I lived in Siberia with -30C on average and in Dubai with +60C — I walked everywhere.
You say you don’t have time?
Do you know that you probably spend more time being stuck in some kind of traffic than you’d spend walking fast to your destination? It’s not always the case but pretty damn often.
I walk at least 90 minutes daily. Not counting all the smaller walks, steps here and there.
I take the stairs. I sprint across streets and jump over stuff on the streets.
Get comfortable shoes.
Take it outside.
You might ask, well, what’s the difference? Isn’t it kind of the same?
There is no machine that engages muscles, body and brain the same way as moving outside does. You move outside in a natural environment and there are whole lot of processes going on that you can not simulate on a machine. It’s like the difference between whole foods and synthetic supplements — sounds good on paper, and has very little to do with reality.
Do you run outside?
If you love it — do it. If you hate it — there is no reason why you should do it. You can achieve results you want by walking, sprinting sometimes, doing whole body short workouts, playing, taking the stairs, doing sports you love. Long distance running is not that healthy. Almost everyone gets out of it with injures. So unless you really love it — stop it.
The best workouts are the ones with the most variety — sprint-stop-sprint, full body workouts when your breath and heart work at the edge of their capacity, and you have to stop because you can’t continue and you need to take a breath — dancing, jumping, lifting heavy object with intensity, all kinds of sports.
Studies show that what makes us really healthy is the variability in heart rate high-low-high, not elevated heart rate for long periods of time. The same, by the way, goes to any kind of stress, stress-adapt-and-recover-stress is best, not stress-stress-stress. And variety is much better for weight loss and stimulating the right kind of hormones to help you burn fat staying healthy and full of energy.
Why walking is THE BEST though?
Anyone can do it anywhere, no matter what the situation is, and get the benefits of health, longevity, weight loss and fat burning, mood and energy boosting, increased brain capacity and efficiency, better learning abilities, better memory.
Choose different places to walk, walk where you need to go, walk faster, sprint across streets, sprint to the top of the stairs, jump over stuff. Be polite and watch where you move.
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.
Daily Bite of Health