Contrary to popular belief, running isn’t for everyone. Find what fits you.
What kind of exercise should you do? The kind that you enjoy and will stick with. Yes, it’s that simple.
While one person finds fulfillment running miles on the treadmill, another finds running torturous.
You may enjoy the gym atmosphere or dread stepping foot in a gym. Maybe you find walking too boring and would rather mix things up with variety. The good news is that you’re not stuck on the elliptical every day. You have the freedom to find an exercise that fit’s your life and your style.
Your fitness goals, lifestyle, and personality all factor into what kind of exercise you gravitate toward. What’s your fit?
Out of Shape
It’s been 10 years since you ran a mile in high school P.E. class. Or maybe you can barely make it up a flight of stairs before getting short of breath. That’s ok. It’s never too late to start exercising to improve your health. If you’re extremely out of shape or obese, speak with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.
The key to getting back into shape is starting out slow. The first week may consist of nothing but a 10-minute walk around the block. Each week, lengthen your walk by three minutes. Soon, you’ll be able to walk 30 minutes without feeling too winded. At this point, if you’re tired of walking, you’ll be ready to try a new kind of exercise.
Hate the Gym
A gym membership can be a powerful motivator to work out. But the gym’s not for everyone. Glaring TVs, fit bodies, and monthly fees may drive you away from working out in public. That’s okay. You can get in shape in your house, your yard, or the great outdoors.
Take a hike, go on a bike ride, or jog around the school track. Do a workout video or body weight exercises in the privacy of your own living room. But don’t do it all on your own. For extra motivation to stay on track, ask your personal trainer to meet privately with you at least once a week. Remember—no accountability and no guidance often leads to no results.
Tired of the Same Old
Someone who’s easily bored needs variety to spice things up. When pedaling on your stationary bike every day starts to get old, it’s time to try something different. Try cross-training. Do one exercise for 15 minutes and then switch to something else. Or change your workout every other day with various exercises: swimming, cycling, team basketball, strength training, kick boxing, or aerobics.
Don’t get stuck in a rut. Set fitness goals and challenge yourself to go farther and faster or start to compete against others. Doing a variety of exercises or challenging yourself isn’t just good for when you’re bored. Focusing on new movements is good for your muscles and your mind.
Are a People-Person
Beyond working with your personal trainer, working out with a partner or on a team is a great way to stay accountable, get your social fix, and stay in shape. Stay-at-home moms or those stuck in a quiet cubicle all day may enjoy spending time with other people while getting their exercise.
Sign up for a ballroom dance class with a partner, join a hiking club, take a Zumba class at the gym, or join the community baseball team. It’ll pay off in multiple ways.
Short on Time
Not enough time in the day to fit in 30 minutes of exercise? Think again. Lack of time isn’t a valid excuse for not working out. Think of the time you spend watching television or browsing the internet. This time could be spent doing pushups, sit-ups, or triceps dips. Purchase a set of small free weights and do some bicep curls or tricep extensions. Go on a walk during your lunch break or take the stairs rather than the elevator. A meager 10 minutes of exercise three times a day is all it takes to get your recommended 30 minutes.
Call Your Trainer
Want to avoid exercise injuries? Stay connected with your personal trainer. Any time you think it’s time to introduce a new exercise into your routine, make sure to run it by your trainer first. Your safety and well-being are your trainer’s first priority.
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