“FITNESS IS IN THE MIND.” WE’VE HEARD that at some point, of course. It’s just that the stubborn gut, or the flabbiness cultivated by years of inertia, refuses to agree. The best thing to do if you’ve been out of shape for a while is to ease into it.
Start with moves—in the gym or otherwise—that are extensions of unconscious muscle moves, the kind they show on TV in The World’s Strongest Man. Most of these are evolutions of commonplace actions or chores, if you want to call them that. These exercises are fluid, easy to move into and focus on making your body accustomed to more work in terms of fitness. They also help you challenge any weaknesses in balance, fortifying your core and making you seem a lot “tougher.”
You can’t really overstress the importance of balance during working out and in general, because a lack of balance commonly leads to injury or aches and pains. If a certain plane of muscles is under-utilised, you tend to have poor form and that can make you more injury-prone.
There’s plenty of science in favour of these exercises, too, and even adding them to your existing workouts will work to give you more full-body strength. Combining them with the classics—squats, deadlifts, pulls—will not just train your muscles in a vertical motion but also give you lateral boost, aiding in the growth and better performance of your mu