Exercise and the Introvert

Exercise and the Introvert

 

I hate to exercise around other people, don’t you? I feel like I’m being watched and critiqued the whole time. Who knows? Maybe it’s just all in my head…

 

Regardless, I wanted to write this article to encourage other introverts to get out there and get fit! Since I’ve gotten back on the exercising wagon, I’ve realized how much better I feel! I have way more energy, don’t crave sugar all the time, and I feel accomplished when I finish working out or when I’m able to try something new.

 

So, without further ado, here’s a way for us introverts to get that bangin’ bod without all the anxiety that comes with going to the gym!

 

Yoga

Yoga is a wonderful way for introverts to combine their peace and quiet with physical fitness. Yes, yoga is best known for being part of classes, BUT a lot of people who do yoga are too into their own head-space to notice anyone else, let alone critique them.

 

However, if you’re like me, that one person who could possibly point out that you’re doing all the poses wrong invokes quite a bit of fear in me; enough fear that it discourages me from pursuing classes.

 

Instead, I’ve turned to Youtube classes or even apps that have classes on them. My favorite app for this purpose is Yoga Studio: Mind and Body. Check it out when you get a chance. They have videos for literally every level of yoga you could possibly use.

 

If you’ve never done yoga before, don’t be afraid. It’s incredibly relaxing and has all sorts of benefits for your mental and physical health. Plus, the app I mentioned earlier has videos for beginners that are 10 or 15 minutes long to help you get into the swing of things.

 

Just get yourself a yoga mat, put on your favorite athletic wear, and get ready for a very cool experience!

 

Running

While running is literally my least favorite type of exercise, I know that it’s extremely popular to the rest of the world, so I must include it in this article.

 

Something I really admire about running is that you can do it alone and listen to music while doing it! I do have to admit that running to music is pretty nice.

 

And, hey, who can complain about that running high? I think going for a run is appealing to so many people because it’s an escape. You can get away for a little bit. It’s also very versatile since you can change the routes and pace as you improve!

 

At-Home Exercise

Working out at home has been my go-to for as long as I can remember. I like the Pinterest daily, monthly, or weekly fitness challenges. They’re seriously a life-saver if you don’t know how to put together a balanced workout.

 

All of the information you need is right there in a perfect little Pinterest graphic. They are also great if you’re new to working out or if you want to focus on toning specific areas of your body.

 

Lately, I’ve been really into at-home crossfit workouts, but you should do what you like best and what’s best for your body!

 

If you need inspiration, check out our Pinterest. You should find some ideas there!

 

Swimming

While I’m not a huge swimmer, either, I was into it for a little while and I will say that it’s a very peaceful and easy-on-the-body form of exercise. The feeling of rushing through the water is exhilarating and it almost transports you to a different, more ethereal place.

 

I am not a professional by any means, but my doctor recommended swimming as a form of exercise for me when I was eyeball deep in chronic pain, so keep that in mind, too!

 

The only downside to swimming as exercise is I’m not a huge fan of the chlorine being all over my body, plus it’s pretty bad for your hair. These are fixable, though, with a swim cap and/or shower.

 

Now get out there and get started with your new exercise plan!

I think I speak for a lot of introverts when I say the pressure and publicity of exercise has been a big deterrent for me. Constantly being compared to these uber fit celebrities or fitness gurus makes me not even want to try, sometimes.

 

What are your excuses? What’s holding you back from being your best physical self?

 

Mica

 

 

 

 

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I am not a healthcare professional and as such, the contents of this post are my opinions and are not a substitute for medical advice from a medical professional. Please seek medical advice before beginning any new exercise routine.

 

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