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Exercise helps beat depression – that’s not just a theory, but a scientific fact. Squats are the new Prozac.
Squats are the new Prozac
Many folks are afraid to exercise, it can be intimidating. They think that exercise involves grueling workouts or exhausting runs and they don’t know where to begin. From their perspective (outside looking in) at fitness, its easy to see why they’re confused. Scary fitness trends are everywhere you turn, many of which are a fast ticket to injury city. Weekend Boot Camps, Rhabdo Cross Fit sessions, Insane workout plans, Detoxes, Diet Deprivation Tactics…yikes! Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean that in order to reap the benefits of exercise….you are required to sign-up for the next Ironman competition.
A workout that feels hard, doesn’t necessarily produce a training effect that is productive.
In order to reap the benefits of exercise, you are required to take some small steps… like setting a goal. (Sometimes it is easier to set a goal, than actually work towards it.) Large projects can seem overwhelming, and if you feel like you are always busy with the day-to-day things, it can feel like an uphill battle. This is where the benefits of hiring a Certified Personal Trainer, ideally one who weight lifts (Yes, not all personal trainers lift weights) to help you with accountability, form and programming. My next tip is to start small.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao-tzu
Starting small means breaking your fitness goal into smaller tasks. Here’s an example:
Imagine – that your goal is to start exercising. Instead of thinking about how tough it will be to commit to starting a regular routine, why not just take 5 minutes and go for a walk or try my beginner chair squats?
Once you actually get started doing something, it tends to feel less daunting. You might even find that it was easier than you thought it would be. Plus, once you begin to see any amount of progress, you will become more motivated to push into the project further and continue to get even more accomplished.
Trainer Tip – If you are looking for a powerful way to boost you overall fitness and get some results, look no further than performing squatting exercises.
This is one exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s routine, as it is relatively simple to perform, requires no equipment, and can be done just about anywhere. Although squats are often regarded as “leg” exercises, they actually offer benefits throughout your body, including your core. Chair squats are simple and effective beginner exercise you can do at home.
1. Stand with a chair behind you
2. Place you feet slightly farther than shoulder width apart
3. Bring your arms out in front of you
4. Squat back as if you are going to sit down on the chair
5. Sit back and Touch the chair briefly
6. Stand back up, dropping you hands to your sides
7. Repeat for a total of 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps.
Ask yourself, what is it I (you) want to achieve? Set a goal. Start small. See your doctor. Hire a Certified Personal Trainer. 😉
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***Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.