To many men, such as myself, the very mention of exercise conjures visions of crowded gyms, overzealous-one-minute-bored-the-next personal trainers, bad in-gym conversations you can't escape from, and witnessing the merciless pursuit of lats lats lats.
Also, people staring at themselves in the mirror.
Also, trying not to stare at people staring themselves in the mirror.
It's all kind of a drag if you're not into that type of thing.
Yet, as we continue to navigate the stormy seas of living in our human body boats, integrating physical activity into our routine remains vital. Gotta stay fit to stay healhty, ya'll.
But fellas, it don't need be HARD WORK or SUCK or be part of THE GRIND.
No, it can take the form of subtle changes that make a big difference, aligning the man (you) with his innate propensity for movement (movement).
Here are some easy ways to do it without subjecting yourself to the gym grind.
100X Your Commute!
First, let us ponder the act of commuting, yon tedious chore between home and work. With some rethinking, this daily journey can morph into a stealthy workout.
Why not 1000x your commute with a bit of exercise?
If you live within striking distance of your workplace, why not reframe your commute into a brisk walk or invigorating bike ride?
Not possible? Push it by parking further away or getting off the subway a stop or two early can add extra steps to your day.
Ball Out At Work
In the realm of the workplace, we often find ourselves chained to our desks like the zombie-bitten, zoned out and sedentary. Wake up your circulatory system! Trade out you traditional office chair for an exercise ball, playa.
While ballin' out, you're continually engaging your core, improving balance and adding strength subtly throughout the day.
Standing desks are another worthy consideration, known to benefit posture and burn more calories than their seated counterparts.
Just Do Active Stuff in Your Life, Yo
Social outings can be opportunities for exercise. Instead of your typical brunch or evening at the pub, why not plan a hike in the local nature preserve or a mellow game of hoops shoot-around at the outdoor court?
Transforming social meetings into active pastimes offers the dual advantage of staying connected with friends while keeping the body in motion. Motion motion motion.
Be a Homer
At home, small changes can also lead to significant improvements. Instead of laying around, engage in some light exercise while you are watching sports, or between episodes on Netflix.
I'm a big advocate of simple exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, or even stretching adding up over time. Some people also like to do their Peloton or treadmill while they consume entertainment, so there's that, too. Also, yoga.
Consistency Builds Health
Let's not underestimate the importance of consistency. The key to weaving exercise into the fabric of our lives is to make it routine. So let's change your personal narrative on exercise.
It's not an obligation or a fad. It's an essential chapter in the story of our wellbeing, meant to be seamlessly integrated into our everyday narrative. It's not about monumental, sweat-drenched workouts; it's about embracing the natural rhythm of our bodies and discovering the joy of movement in our everyday lives.
But not necessarily to be shared on Instagram.