Minimalist Exercise: How To Get Into An Exercise Routine


Believe me, I know – getting into a consistent workout routine can be challenging. We face so many conflicting options on a daily basis that exercise often takes a backseat. Every day, you choose between sleep, work, socialization, eating meals, working out, going to events, etc.

But exercise plays an important role in your overall health and wellbeing, and it deserves a little more prioritization than that. Why?

Because regular exercise can help improve your mental and physical health, body composition, sleep quality, and concentration. It also helps decrease depression and increase your overall level of self-esteem.

With all those associated benefits, do you see why getting into a workout routine should be a priority in your life? Now, you might be wondering, “How do I do that?” My solution: minimalist exercise.

What Is Minimalist Exercise?

Minimalist exercise does not necessarily mean doing a minimal amount of exercise. Rather, it means simplification. Two of the biggest barriers for people to get into a workout routine are time and money.

The reality is, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get fit. And you don’t need to allocate a ton of time toward exercise to get results.

By exercising smart, sticking to a regular workout routine, and paying attention to your nutrition, you can achieve a lean, strong, and sexy physique.

1. Minimal Equipment: You Don’t Need Much To Get A Good Workout

While you might think that you need all of the exercise equipment a gym has to offer in order to get in shape, you really don’t. With a pair of running shoes or just your bodyweight alone, you can get a full-body, challenging workout that yields results.

If you want to add a bit more variety to your exercise program, you can absolutely incorporate a few pieces of workout equipment. In no particular order, I recommend one or all of the following:

  • yoga mat
  • running shoes
  • jump rope
  • pull up bar
  • kettlebell
  • 2. Building A Workout Routine: Focus On Full-Body Movements

    As for what exercises to do, you’ll want to incorporate a handful of movement patterns into full-body workout routine.

  • squat
  • lunge
  • push
  • pull
  • bend (hinge)
  • twist
  • These movements incorporate multiple joints and muscles in one single exercise. For example, a basic squat challenges 3 joints (ankles, knees, and hips) and is a total body exercise. It works your quads, calves, hamstrings, glutes, adductors, abs, and lower back muscles (erector spinae).

    The more muscles you use in an exercise, the more challenge you place on your body in a functional manner and the more calories you burn.

    3. Minimal Time: Use Interval Training To Be Efficient

    There’s no need to spend hours in the gym to get results. With just 15-30 minutes of high intensity circuit training (in conjunction with good nutrition), you can get a great workout that stimulates your body to drop fat and maintain muscle.

    When I do circuit training workouts in the morning, I choose anywhere from 3-5 exercises and spend about 15 minutes max working out.

    More time is not always better, and a little bit can go a long way when you’re eating right.

    4. Pick 2-3 Activities: Variety Makes You More Injury-Resistant

    I’m a big fan of movement variety. I think that training in a few different ways build a more well-rounded, injury-resistant body.

    Choosing 2-3 different workouts or activities adds variety to your workout, challenges your body in different ways, and can help prevent repetitive movement injuries.

    In the ideal scenario, you’d choose one endurance activity, one strength, and one flexibility. For example, you could bike, circuit train, and practice yoga. The best part? You can do all three of these activities without a gym.

    5. Move Your Body Daily: Be Active In Some Way, Every Day

    This is what I view as the secret sauce to getting into an exercise routine. If you make it a priority to be active in some way every day, you’ll never miss a workout. And walking totally counts.

    The thing to keep in mind here is that you should vary your exercise intensity to prevent injury and avoid overtraining.

    If you ran one day, did circuit training the next, you could spend 30 minutes walking on the 3rd day as an active recovery day.

    The point is to build exercise and movement into your everyday, normal life. Make it a habit and routine. And the easiest way to make something a habit is to practice it daily.

    What are your favorite ways to move your body?

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