Do you see exercise as a way to change your body, to get healthier, or to just maintain what you have? Goals range from burning fat and calories to lose weight, building muscle for your dream physique, or increasing cardio to toning up and build heart health.
Moving your body regularly and getting both cardio and strength training are not just about changing your body, but are also essential for your mental release and brain-body balance. Finding an exercise style, type, or plan can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you navigate your exercise search.
Take an Online or Local Class
You won’t know what you love (or hate) until you try it! Online or local fitness classes provide an excellent way to try out new things, including forms of exercise you never would have even considered before. Many places have dozens or more options to choose from. Not just in your gym, but other fitness classes as well.
The great thing about this is that a lot of them allow you to try one class for free, tag along with a friend who already goes to that class, or try it out for a low fee before committing. Get out there and try something new!
Find An Exercise Friend
Exercising alone can get boring and tedious, but when you have friends or family members join you, suddenly it’s a group activity. Not everyone likes to do things alone, so if you are more of a social person, you are someone who can really benefit by exercising with others.
Not only does it make it more interesting and keep you accountable, but often times your friends have ideas for new workouts to try out.
Try Something New
Make a list of all the exercises you can think of, and highlight the ones you have never tried before. Even if you had never thought you would be interested in them. They might be Pilates, cycling, hiking, running, Tai Chi, weight lifting, or really anything else you can think of. Look at how many you have not tried before and you might be inspired to try something new. There are tons of online classes that can give you a taste of a new exercise for you or give you a plan on how to go about it.
Revisit Exercises You Haven’t Done in a While
Maybe from that list you made, there are some you have done, but haven’t participated in a while. Why not give them another chance? Just because you weren’t super interested in a certain type of exercise a few years ago doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy them now.
As you enter this journey to find you happy place in exercise, keep an open mind. Just because you try something, does not mean it has to stick with you. Testing out a variety will allow you to find the types of exercise that you prefer. You may even find a few that you can alternate during your week!