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Gym Shmym!

Where does your mind take you when you hear these two words, “the gym”?

Do you immediately start listing the reasons as to why you have not or will not step foot into one of those “bodybuilder hangouts”?

You know… things like: “I don’t have time”, “ I don’t want to get too big”, or my favorite excuse… “I’m too old to work out?”

Or do you see a sanctuary, a place where you can concentrate on “you” and make yourself into a better version of the person you think you are?

If you’re like most people… you fall in category ‘A’.

But did you realize there are many benefits of joining a gym at any age such as…

  • Increased energy
  • Decreased weight
  • Increased metabolism
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Increased immune system

But no matter what you tell people… if the gym is not for them… then it’s REALLY not for them.

It’s the old saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force them to drink”.

And believe it or not… that’s fine.

You don’t need to join a gym to get the health benefits of going to a gym… you just have to find other ways to do it.

I’ve worked out for more than half of my life in gyms…

I subscribed to the old “bodybuilder” way of working out… you know… heavy weights, not a lot of cardio, and plenty of protein.

And you know what?

It worked… I got huge!

But you know what else?

I also got fat from excess calories, lowered endurance from no cardio work, as well as sore and damaged joints from lifting too heavy.

As a matter of fact… the older I get… the more I see the gym as a dungeon than a sanctuary.

Who wants to go to somewhere that causes them pain?

Not me…

So over the past year, I’ve been looking for alternatives to my previous ‘gym rat’ lifestyle.

And it all started with a movie.

The name of the movie is irrelevant… but it retells the true story of the Battle of Thermopylae waged between 300 Spartan warriors and an invading Persian army of close to a million soldiers.

As far as movies go… not bad… but it was the fact that every one of the 300 actors who played Spartan warriors were in great shape that was truly impressive.

Not hugely muscled… but each possessed an impressively chiseled physique akin to Michelangelo’s David.

Doing a little research… I found that the actors who portrayed the part were put through an intensive 6-week boot camp where they were trained in similar ways to real Spartan warriors.

But how did these ancients soldiers build their battle ready bodies without heavy weights and complicated machines?

They did it the good old-fashioned way… with their own body weight.

Spartan warriors got themselves into fighting shape by doing push-ups, carrying water in clay jars, running with a log, etc., they didn’t need dumbbells and barbells.

So for the last 8 months or so… I’ve been experimenting with some of their training methods… and I’m here to tell you it works.

I stopped relying so much on how many times I could bench press a barbell or how many reps I could shoulder press a couple of dumbbells…

Instead, I relied on what I could do with my own body weight…

And as a result… I haven’t lost an ounce of strength… in fact, I may be even stronger in some areas.

But gone are the throbbing pains in my joints…

It’s been amazing.

I’ve also began walking regularly in the mornings and I’m beginning to see a difference it makes in my endurance as well as how much better my clothes fit.

Even more importantly… I feel better… healthier even.

But we’re not talking about me… we’re talking about you.

And doing push-ups and sit-ups may not be something that you like to do…

But there are ways you can get some “extra” work in without having to get down on the floor.

Here are just a few examples of things you can do to get your body going in the right direction:

  • When getting groceries or going to the mall… park in the last spot of in the parking lot. You’d be surprised at how much good walking those extra yards will do for you.
  • If you live in a building that has an elevator or are visiting a doctor’s office or any other office where the building is 5 stories or under… try taking the stairs. It will work wonders on your quadriceps muscle (your thighs) as well as give your lungs and heart a workout.
  • Take a swim! Research suggests that swimming may be the most beneficial exercise you can do. It stretches and works the muscles of the entire body… as well as the heart and lungs. Even better… it doesn’t even seem exercise. Especially on a hot day!

The key to a healthy lifestyle… is doing something… anything that gets your body moving.

Try one or all three of these suggestions and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier you!

Shawn Ambrosino

Editor

Best Life Herbals

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