What type of exercise is right for you?

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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Exercise can be fun if you know how to choose the right kind of activity that fits you.  You can mix activities you enjoy and make it a habit—part of your routine on a day-to-day basis which you can stick with over the long haul. It needs to fit your lifestyle and must be well-rounded with aerobic, strength training, and balance exercises. In choosing the right activity, you must also consider your current level of fitness and be mindful of any previous injuries or current limitations. The type of exercise that is right for you must also keep you motivated.

To help you decide what exercise program fits you, ask yourself the following questions:

What are your exercise goals?

Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to be buff? Do you want to maintain your weight? Depending on your goals, you may want to spend more time on a particular area and engage a particular type of exercise.

What do you like to do?

If you don’t like swimming or don’t know how to swim in the first place, you won’t be able to maintain a swimming program no matter how everyone tells you it is good for you. On the other hand, if you love to dance, then exercising starts to become fun especially if you choose an exercise program that’s built around this activity.

What kind of setting works for you?

Do you need a support group to motivate you? Or would you rather work out on your own? Do you have access to gyms, pools, biking trails or lanes?  You need to consider these things. Otherwise, you won’t enjoy your year-long membership in the gym when you really love the solitude of swimming on your own.

How much is your budget?

Exercise programs can come with a price. Do you have a budget set for your exercise program to hire yourself a coach or enrol in a class?

If you are on a tight budget, do not fret. You can also engage in workouts that are absolutely free.  There’s virtually no money involved in walking, running, or hiking.

Know what works best for you and figure it out.

When can you exercise?

This is one of the most crucial factors that hinder people from actually doing it. The excuse of having “No time.”

But you must make time.

If you are a morning person, start the day with exercise. If you’re a busy person, design something that will involve 10 minutes of your time. Then, you can squeeze in more of these ten-minute exercise breaks over the course of the day.  Or you could go for long and short bouts that totals up to weekly goals. Just find the time. 

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