Everyone has an opinion about what the very best exercise is. But no matter the opinion, everyone agrees that exercise is a must for everyone. No matter age or physical ability, EVERYONE should get some kind of exercise. So here are some tips when choosing the type of exercise that is best for you.
- Pick something that challenges you. In order to get stronger, you have to push your limits. This means getting out of your comfort zone. Exercise is supposed to be physically taxing. Don’t push yourself to unhealthy pain, but it’s okay to feel some discomfort. When I first started running, I ran until I threw up. That… is a bad idea. Now I get to the point that I’m feeling discomfort and push a little further. Then the next time, I notice I’m stronger than I was before.
- Do something you enjoy. If you hate running, don’t do it. If you love water, start swimming. Exercise isn’t just about getting skinny or strong. Exercise should be therapeutic. You should end a workout happier and with less stress. No matter what is going to burn the most calories, pick something that will make you happy.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things. As with everything in life, we can get into a routine that’s hard to break. I used to think yoga was just about stretching. I decided to give it a try and it has become one of my favorite forms of exercise.
- Don’t compare yourselves to others. As in EVERYTHING in life, we all have our strengths and we all have our weaknesses. If your BFF can bench more than you, get over it. When my son was in karate, he always got discouraged when others advanced a belt and he didn’t. The thing I always told him was, he was only competing against himself. If you shaved 10 seconds off your mile, or were able to squat five extra pounds today, you’ve won, regardless of what the person next to you ran or squat.
Now that you have a formula to pick your perfect exercise, here is a bit more information. I did a lot of research and picked what I think are the most comprehensive, clear and informative articles on each exercise. Let me know if these help you and what you decide to do. Happy lifting/running/biking/namaste-ing, etc, etc, etc.