The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that adults should be physically active for thirty minutes a day, five times a week.
In 2013, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that roughly 80% of Americans didn’t get the recommended exercise they needed each week.
Fact: The less physically active you are, the more likely you’ll develop health issues
My birthday is quickly approaching and this year — as well as going forward — I want to make it a point to genuinely focus on my health. I’ve had the Nike Training Club app on my iPhone for over a year and finally decided to put it to use last month. Better late than never.
Reasons I chose the app* over joining an actual gym?
- It’s completely free
- Workouts are curated by Nike trainers and athletes
- The convenience and intimacy of working out at home
- Being able to cherry pick workout plans for the month
- Equipment is optional — all I need is space
I’m currently on month two of my workout plan and my body feels healthier, stronger. To be honest, some days are still hard. I’ve missed workouts simply because I just didn’t have the energy or space to do them, and I’m okay with that, as long as I’m setting realistic goals and moving towards them. Having a positive attitude and being your number 1 cheerleader are very important to your success.
My workout setup is a mat (helps a lot with planks), a set of dumbbells (that aren’t always needed) and my iPhone. Very minimal, very me.
If you’re still hesitant about working out and the commitments that come with it, the easiest way to be active is by walking. In the morning before work or a nice stroll after dinner. Exercise doesn’t have to be a painful thing and a little can go a long way.
I’ll check back in at the six-month mark. Wish me luck and I hope my journey encourages you to get active.
*There are a myriad of other free workout apps you can use. Do your research and find one that suits you.