5 Easy Ways To Get Fit (Lazy People Edition)
Writer: Farah Karim
It’s a work night, you’re tired from work and there you are, standing in front of your wardrobe wondering if you should grab your workout gear and head to the gym. We’ve all been there. Those moments of contemplation when you’re trying to figure out whether you should stay in and watch Netflix or head out to the gym.
Well, if you’re lazy to drive all the way to the gym but still want to break off some sweat, we’ve got you covered. There are so many easier (and cheaper) ways to get fit! With the help of the internet, you can burn all those calories you ate from yesterday’s early Christmas party, without even taking a step outside your home.
1. Body weight Workouts
Maybe if you’re shy and have a fear of social judgement when going to the gym, body weight workouts at home are the way to go. Just grab an exercise mat, yourself and you’re good to go! They’re easy to do, doesn’t require much time out of your day and you don’t have to go anywhere.
2. Follow a tutorial
For most of us, coming up with an exercise regime is a tiring process. Sometimes you don’t even know where to start — this is where the internet comes in. There are so many fitness influencers out there, so you’re basically spoiled for choice. If you want to target specific areas, following a tutorial is your best bet and there are so many to choose from! Just let the experts worry about the specifics and all you have to do is just follow.
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3. Working out with friends
Statistically, it’s proven that exercising with a friend helps improve performance. Researchers have found that not only are we motivated by our friends to exercise, but we also show our competitive traits by wanting to do better than them in terms of performance. By doing things together, you’re also less likely to refuse a workout session as your decision also impacts not just yourself but your workout partner as well. There’s a little bit of peer pressure involved but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to get that summer beach bod.
However, not all friends are beneficial in this area. Choose your workout partner wisely as it’s easy to be demotivated as it is motivated.
4. Use a mobile app
If you’re a person who’s constantly on the go, having a workout plan at your fingertips makes it so much easier. Like with everything else, you’re spoiled for choice! There are so many out there that cater to different needs and types of workouts. Picking one isn’t difficult; just find the app you’re most comfortable with and go from there. Here are a few that we can recommend — Nike+ Training Club, Freeletics and Sworkit.
5. Team sports
Team sports! Gather a few friends, a ball and you’ve got yourself an impromptu cardio session. By playing a team sport, it takes your mind off the pressure of “I want to lose weight” or “I want to get fit”. Instead, you can trick your brain to play a game that also works out your body. Frisbee is one of the games that require you to throw and run. There’s no rocket science involved and it’s all pure fun.
On the other hand, it has been proven that by playing badminton, players show signs of weight loss, increased lung capacity, improved heart function and improved metabolic rate. It’s basically a cardio session with two racquets and a shuttlecock. Even childhood games like tag can seem trivial but it makes for a good cardio workout.
Join a society, a club, anything! Doing things together just makes everything more fun than doing it alone. The more, the merrier!