It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
Exercise does not have to be long and boring. If you’re just starting out and having trouble picturing yourself spending hours in a gym, don’t worry – you don’t have to! Twice this week, try something that’s very hard for you, but only for ONE minute!
You could break into a sprint while you’re on a walk, carry your groceries up the stairs instead of using the elevator, or try out a jump rope. Surprising your body with short bursts of a somewhat difficult activity can be a great way of preparing yourself for more intense workouts … if you’re careful not to overdo it, of course.
And even if you’re the type of person who isn’t going to spend a lot of time working out in the future, it’s still beneficial. It’s a great way to get the heart rate up and work out some muscles that may not get a whole lot of action, which in itself is better for you even if it doesn’t lead to longer, more intense workouts.