Wellness can mean a lot of things these days but the most common understanding of the word is that wellness is a holistic pursuit.
It is not enough to just eat well, we also need to be doing more exercise and things that contribute to our happiness on a more regular basis.
Despite sounding pretty straightforward, even starting to exercise more can be quite daunting for a lot of people who don’t feel comfortable going to the gym or simply don’t know where to start.
This is totally understandable considering the amount of negativity and misinformation there is out there.
But, the good news is there are loads of options available to anyone who wants to be more active but doesn’t want to head to the gym.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of great exercises you can get started with! While a lot of the following exercises can be achieved at health clubs, pools, and other locations, remember that YouTube is an incredible resource.
You can absolutely get fit at home without spending a dime!
Swimming is regarded by many to be the best workout you can possibly do. It’s resistance training, cardio, and strength.
It takes the strain off your joints because it’s far less weight bearing than most other forms of exercise.
2. Water Aerobics
While swimming has its advantages it does also involve going up and down the same lane over and over... and over.
So if you’re feeling like switching things up a bit, you can also try water aerobics, which involves more aerobic exercise but while standing in the water.
It also usually involves a group so there’s the social aspect as well!
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise - we’re talking at least 5,000 years old.
It focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental well-being.
Not only are there a load of health benefits to yoga such as improved flexibility, muscle development, and posture enhancement, but, again, sessions are usually carried out in classes so there’s loads of opportunity to meet new people!
4. Tai chi
Originating in China, Tai chi is a form of martial art combining movement and relaxation to help both mental and physical well-being.
It’s also really accessible and beneficial for anyone and everyone, so it doesn’t matter whether you haven’t worked out in years, or you’re prepping for the Olympics you can still get some Tai chi done.
Hot tip: a really great time to do Tai chi is early in the morning as it will help you feel amazing for the rest of the day!
5. Strength training
Think less bodybuilder and more toning. The key here is to not necessarily aim to increase muscle mass but rather to keep muscles strong.
Remember, when it comes to muscles - if you don’t use it, you lose it! So it’s a good idea to look into this form of exercise.
You can also chose the tools you use based on the results you are looking - body weight, kettle-bells, hand weights, or resistance bands.
Other key benefits are that muscle helps to burn calories, so it’ll help you keep weight off, as well as preserving function in later years.
The most important things about strength training is to do it right - make sure you learn proper form before starting to avoid injury and ensure results.
It may seem too easy, but walking has a mountain of health benefits including things like strengthening bones, keeping blood pressure down, lowering cholesterol and risk for a number of diseases, as well as elevating your mood.
Walking in fresh air for 45-60 minutes most days per week (starting low and working your way up) is what the aim should be.
Bonus feature: grab your phone and listen to podcasts along the way will mean you’re enhancing both your body and your mind.
If you pick just one of these exercises to add to your normal routine, whether its everyday or just three days a week you are well on your way.
If you add eating better, and listening to your body you are even better off.
Amazingly when it comes to holistic well-being, when you start to feel good you want to continue to do more to feel that way the hardest part is just getting started!
Even going out for 10 minutes is great," Dr. Lee says. "You feel good about yourself. Build it up slowly until you can get to 30 minutes a day. For some people it may take a few weeks. For others, it may take longer.