Most of us live a sedentary lifestyle: after all, most jobs require you to sit down in front of a computer for eight hours and type your day away. This has resulted in many of us living a dull and monotonous life, and in the case of women, this is compounded by the very limiting expectations society put up.
Women are expected to be dainty and fragile and are often believed to be physically weak. None of these are actually true, however, as we all know that women are plenty strong on their own. However, if you’d like to live an exciting lifestyle while improving your fitness, here are few tips to get you started:
Strength Training is NOT Bad for You
A common misconception among many people is that strength training will make you look bulky and muscular. Because of this, many women tend to avoid lifting weights when exercising, preferring to stick to cardio or lighter forms of exercise. However, this could not be further from the truth. You will not look like a bodybuilder even if you’re on a strength training routine- that requires a dedicated lifestyle that entails changing your diet and training habits.
It will, however, help you control your musculature, improve posture, increase your strength, and develop a better and stronger body. Strength training reduces the risk of many injuries associated with bone density degradation, like back pain, osteoporosis, and much more. As much as it increases strength, it also increases your defense against illnesses. It’s about time we shed the notion that being a woman means being fragile, and strength training is one of the ways to do just that.
Martial Arts Can Help Your Mental Fortitude
Don’t disregard martial arts as simply an act of violence. There are rich culture and history behind it, and also a slew of benefits that can help you evolve into the best version of yourself. Martial arts, through its various training practices and drills, can help develop self-esteem and self-confidence. Seeing yourself slowly gain strength and spatial awareness to perform the moves designed to protect yourself helps in cultivating a resilient personality and boosts your mental fortitude.
Especially in moments when you feel the most down, the benefits of martial arts aids you in standing back on your own two feet and remind yourself that you can be strong and independent. Discipline is another benefit of martial arts; it teaches you self-control and discipline, something that can help you deal with difficult situations in life. Of course, all of these psychological benefits of martial arts are on top of the physical benefits it provides you.
Dancing Boosts Confidence
Dancing is one of those things that has remained in human history through years of changes, revolutions, and evolution. Some forms of dance have a cultural significance, some are simply for entertainment. Regardless of the weight behind dancing, lies the fact that dancing is a fun activity that not only engages your physicality but also helps you improve your mentality.
Let’s face the truth: it can be really embarrassing to start dancing. But it’s in the decision to dance regardless of feelings of embarrassment that we begin to develop confidence, and through constant practice, we can boost our confidence and self-trust. Dancing gives you a sense of confidence and pride, letting you walk into a jewelry store to buy that accessory you’ve always wanted, or go to a clothing shop and buy clothes that look good on you. Like martial arts, dancing can help you both improve your self-esteem and fitness, and it might just be the activity for you.
Extreme Sports Add Spice to Life
Modern society teaches us to always be on the safe side, and while this advice absolutely has merits, it can lead to quite a boring life. Especially for most of us who live a daily routine of waking up, working a nine-to-five, going home, then sleeping, ad infinitum, we already live a safe and monotonous life. It can be tiring to go through this cycle over and over, for years on end, but luckily we can definitely do something to spice our lives up.
Extreme sports, such as skydiving, skateboarding, bungee jumping, motocross, etc, are all great activities to spice up our lives. They’re very physical sports and serve as a great way to exercise, but they’re also great fun and can provide a respite in our tiring everyday life. Yes, they are risky, but what is life without some risks, right?
Many of these sports have safety features implemented to lower the risk. but the thrill and excitement remain, making extreme sports something everyone should try at least once in their life.