Let’s be super honest here, sometimes the gym can be really intimidating. Everyone looks like they know what they’re doing and like they’ll totally judge us if we aren’t doing things right, and everyone is so in the zone, we can’t possibly ask for help, and at this point, we might as well just hop on a bike or treadmill because we know how those work, but here’s the thing: the gym doesn’t have to be scary, no one is judging you or even paying attention to you, and you don’t have to settle for workouts just because that’s what you know. In fact, if you’re a little in the dark as to what workouts you should be doing, we can help with that, thanks to science, of course.
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This can be tricky for some because not all of us have access to a pool, but if you can get yourself to a pool, swimming is one of the best workouts you can do. The water not only supports your body but makes exercising super easy on your joints. Water aerobics is another great option, and as a huge bonus, being in the water is a big mood-booster. So you’ll burn some calories and leave happy? We call that a win.
While women tend to be more familiar with this form of exercise than men, kegel exercises can be beneficial for men as well. This type of exercise strengthens the pelvic floor muscle which supports the bladder. All of this to say, kegel exercises are great to throw in your exercise routine to battle incontinence.
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If you’ve got the joints for it, signing up for a dance class can be a great way to get in shape. If your gym doesn’t offer dance classes, check in and see what type of classes they do offer, oftentimes there is a boot camp or some kind of class that will pique your interest. Signing up for these classes holds you accountable as far as attendance, but odds are you’ll also meet some great people on their own fitness journey. Perhaps even your next gym partner!
Any Kind of Activity That Gets You Moving
That’s right, whether it’s running around with tiny humans, doing yard work, or making the decision to wake up every morning and do some YouTube yoga, science says as long as you’re devoting 30 minutes three times a week to a little something that gets your heart rate up and two days of strength training then you can consider yourself an active human!