The Minimalist Workout Your Hectic Schedule Needs
A wise man once said that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – yet as humans it seems that we often try to complicate even the most simple of things with our idea of ‘progress’.
While our ongoing obsession with growth has (of course) greatly improved many things in our society, such as medicine, technology and education, there are other things – such as fitness and nutrition – that have not necessarily benefited from this constant change. Today, the fitness world is filled with trends, endless trends with endless variety. People get so caught up in trying out the latest fad that they end up wasting huge amounts of time, money and energy, only to realize they are behind the times, and another trend has already appeared. When it comes to exercise, is it possible we had it right before?
New Fitness Heights
Modern fitness is cluttered with a tumultuous matrix of complexities and gimmicks that only obfuscate the simple truth behind it all. The market is flooded with products that echo the affluence of consumerism: rowing parties, feminist spinning, mommy boxing, and the list goes on. The internet is bursting with people trying to reinvent the wheel and come up with the next best thing. Keeping it simple is no longer the most popular notion.
Still, a minimalist workout can benefit you in ways you could never have imagined. It can be performed anywhere and at any time – no need for fitness instructors, gym memberships, or expensive equipment. If minimalism – as a lifestyle – is something you are interested in embracing, a short, high-intensity workout that makes every second count may be just the thing for you. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the shiny paragon behind this concept.
With a workout like this, there’s no need to break a sweat for an hour when 20 minutes can cut it, and bring the same aerobic and anaerobic benefits. The chief goal is to get rid of the unnecessary steps and kick up the intensity. To give it a go, check out this complete beginner’s workout and sweat it out!
As Simple As ABC
Although fitness goals vary for everyone, they usually come down to a few key objectives: getting fit, getting strong, and getting healthy. A minimalist strategy focuses on all three. By embracing a holistic approach to fitness, it targets every one of your muscles and gets you feeling like your best self, in the most natural way possible.
Step By Step
Take it slow and work on your conditioning. The minimalist approach recognizes only two parts and revolves around boosting your ability to move through space.
Start off with bodyweight circuits. They round up your athleticism with only four types of movements. These are upper-body pushes, upper-body pulls, core exercises, and lower body workouts.
Secondly, go for an easy run which lasts between 20 and 60 minutes. Does this sounds simple or what?
A minimalist workout is not the first step on a long fitness journey, but the ultimate destination, the final achievement. Capture the pristine essence of exercise, emphasize the experience and immerse in a flow of motion.
Embrace & Simplify
Less is more, not in terms of your effort, but everything that surrounds it. Master the art of basic motion and boost your overall level of fitness, preserve good health, and take your strength to the next level. Utilize different patterns and explore major energy pathways. Stick to the essentials and avoid anything that devours your time and attention. Stay in tune with your body and listen to it rather than give in to all the magazines, gurus, and wanna-be experts. It's time to do away with all the bells and whistles and focus on what truly brings results – yourself.
Article written by Samantha Olivier, edited by Rosa Sanchez.