How to Make Nature Your Gym (Australia Style)
The following are some tips which will make your life easier when it comes to making nature your gym. These tips are based on my own experience and I have been using them since I started working out regularly at age 18. If you follow these simple steps, you’ll get results faster than if you were doing something else!
1. Get a good quality treadmill or stationary bike with treadmills.
You don’t need fancy machines, but they do need to be sturdy enough to withstand heavy use.
2. Buy a high quality pair of running shoes, preferably with rubber soles so they won’t slip around on the ground while you’re exercising.
They should not hurt your feet during exercise either.
3. Wear loose fitting clothing such as shorts and tank tops so that sweat doesn’t accumulate on the clothes and cause them to stink up your room.
4. Don’t wear anything that could potentially fall off during exercise.
That includes your hair ties, rings, bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry.
5. Never go outside without proper protection from the sun’s rays.
Even if you live in a sunny place like Australia where there is no rain, you still need to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays because they can burn your skin even after just 10 minutes of exposure. That’s why sunscreens were invented.
6. Just like with outdoor exercises, bring water with you so that you can stay hydrated during your treadmill or stationary bike session.
7. Listen to music to keep yourself entertained while burning away those calories.
There’s nothing more boring than just listening to the sound of the machine running with no songs in the background.
8. If you’re a beginner, start with a low intensity for 5 minutes and then increase the speed or incline by no more than 10% per session.
Once you become more fit, then you can increase the intensity by more than 10% and even try sprinting.
9. If you have a heart rate monitor, pay attention to how many times your heart beats per minute (beats per minute or BPM).
For adults, the range is typically between 60-100 BPM. Your optimal target heart rate (OHR) is between 80-90% of your maximum heart rate. To calculate it, subtract your age from 220 and that number becomes your OHR. For example, if you’re 30 years old then your OHR = 220 – 30 = 190. 190 x 0.80 = 152.
And 190 x 0.90 = 173. So as you can see your optimal target heart rate is between 152-173 beats per minute.
10. If you’re a beginner, start with 10 minutes of exercise and then increase the duration by 5 minutes every few sessions until you reach your desired goal. If you’re more fit, then start with 20 minutes and adjust accordingly.
Those are some simple tips for you to try if you want to exercise without having to go to a traditional gym or studio. Just remember, you don’t need fancy equipment or a personal trainer to stay in shape. You have everything you need at home!
Always Be Yourself
You are perfectly unique and nobody else in the world is exactly like you. You have your own thoughts, feelings, dreams and desires. Never let someone tell you that you need to be like someone else. They don’t know what it’s like to be you!
Do you want to wear purple spandex and sing opera?
Do you want to wear pink dresses and play with dolls all day?
You do that too!
As long as you’re happy with who you are and you’re not hurting anyone, then you’re fine just the way you are.
I hope you’ve learned a lot about yourself today and that you reach all of your goals. Remember, the sky’s the limit!
With all my love,
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