If you wanna be fit, hit the gym, a classic suggestion what we often hear. But what if we don’t? Are gyms the only way of staying fit?
Let’s find out.
“If Gyms are a part of “Fitness” then “Nutrition” is the heart of “Fitness”
~ Ayesha Ghadigaonkar( Food and Nutrition Blogger)
Gyms are the hot trend these days. ”I am going to the gym!” Doesn’t this sentence sounds cool?
There are different reasons why people visit a gym. Some for weight loss, some for Muscle gain, and some for weight gain. But apart from goal-oriented people, few people go just for the sake of status.
I work in a gym as a Dietitian but I don’t gym at all, and my colleagues ask me working in fitness industry how can I not?
My reply was “Gyms are not the only way to stay fit”
Why most of the people choose this common and easiest option. Let’s find out-
What are the factors that drive us to a gym?
The craze for “Zero Size” figure.
The excitement to have “ Sixpack” or “Eight pack”
Above are the factors that drive us to the gym. And we get easily driven because it’s the easiest way to get things done. I don’t want to be biased and would focus on all aspects.
BENEFITS OF GYMMING
Variations: – The different types of equipment available in the gym provide us with variations like Cardio, Weight training, Functional training. So we might not get bored with regular routine workouts.
Increases Self Confidence: – During a workout when we increase our repetitions, intensity and time we boost our Self Confidence that” Yes I can do it”
Motivation: – Fitness experts in gym motivate people to achieve their goals. Otherwise, if it’s only our decision to do exercise we will probably say “I’ll start from Monday” and that Monday never comes.
Money factor: – Gyms these days are costing a lot. And when we pay such huge amounts people usually turn up. Otherwise, if things are provided for free we don’t value them.
Now, some interesting facts:-
– Travel by a car for minor distance to do cardio in a gym (Why can’t we walk?)
– Can lift weights (Dumbles, bars, etc.) in gym but for lifting our groceries, we need assistance!
– Go to gym to Burn Calories but after gym, we consume double calories by eating junk. (Don’t we all do that?)
– We deny to walk up the stairs but we are excited to do step up on the machine.
– Cycles are “old fashioned” but cycling in the gym it’s a trend.
Have we ever wondered do people in villages go to a Gym? I guess not. Still, the ladies have well-toned bodies and even men’s who aren’t into bodybuilding have a good physique. Now they do it without gym right?
I am not de-motivating you to join gyms, just trying to explain gyms are not the only option.
Some alternative options are: –
Gyms are a healthy way to be fit but they are not the only way to be fit. If a person doesn’t gym that doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe in fitness. It’s just his concept of staying fit is different. If you ask me my concepts of staying fit is majority “Nutrition” and of course exercise too! Remember, it’s always 80% Nutrition and 20% exercise
If we don’t gym that doesn’t mean we don’t wanna be fit it’s just everyone don’t have the same destination and so everyone’s way of defining fitness is different..
I feel “If Gyms are a part of “Fitness” then “Nutrition” is the heart of “Fitness” So next time when you think about fitness not necessarily you will think only about gyms.
Give importance to both nutrition as well as exercise. But always remember there are different ways to exercise. Find your own way to stay fit. So that was my definition of fitness. What’s yours?
I have shared my thoughts and would like to know yours? Is Gymming a necessity or a compulsion in today’s era? Are they the only way to stay fit? What do you think? #Comment
~ Ayesha Ghadigaonkar (Food and Nutrition Blogger)