Like most people, you probably know that there are clear, tangible benefits to be gained from taking regular exercise, but, ideally, you would like to take that exercise without effort.
Exercise enables you to burn of the excess calories and thereby either lose weight or prevent extra bulk being added to your body in the first place. It makes you a fitter person as well, and that generally means that your life style will improve – you will have more energy to enjoy everything that you do – and live longer as a result.
The problem for most of us, however, is that (we claim) we do not have the time to take regular exercise, and for many folks, the inspiration or real desire to start exercising is just not there either.
When these people undoubtedly know that exercise is good for them, why should that be? Is it, perhaps, that taking up exercise seems to be far too much like hard work, and don’t we do enough of that already?
This all hit home to me the other evening whilst I was reading an excellent new book ‘Exercise without effort’ that I recently managed to grab a copy of.
The first thing that struck me about the book was the title, which, being honest sounded a little absurd! After all, how can you ‘exercise without effort’ when effort is work?
However, after reading the book, my viewpoint has changed, and I’m pretty sure that yours would too.
By this I mean that those of us who are not exercise enthusiasts tend to view it as something that is outside our normal daily routine, whereas what the book does is highlight how exercise can (and should) be incorporated into that routine.
In other words, you do not need to go to the gymnasium or fitness club in order to get exercise. It is not necessary to go for a five mile run every morning, nor do you have to spend a small fortune on special training equipment or ‘gear’.
‘Exercise without effort’ focuses on how exercise can be incorporated into you every day routine and how easy it is to do that.
Even if you work stuck behind a desk all day, every day, that is no excuse either, because there are simple, straightforward exercises that you can do even in the office environment that will get you fitter and more healthy in just a matter of days.
Now, before you get the comical image of someone in a singlet and shots prancing around the office doing their calisthenics, trust me, it is nothing like that. In fact, no-one else need even know that you are doing your exercises every day, although I wouldn’t mind betting that, once they do and they see how much better you are looking, they’ll be clamoring to join you.
Most of the ideas for exercise in the book are low-impact too, meaning that many are just about perfect for everyone, no matter what your physical condition is, or how old you are.
All in all, ‘Exercise without effort’ is a book that I would recommend to anyone that knows that they should be exercising more, but does not want to make a huge amount of effort to do so.
Getting fitter without killing yourself whilst doing so sounds just about ideal to me, so’ Exercise without effort’ gets a big thumbs up.