You see it all the time; people agonizing over their exercise routine. You hear people in the gym say things like; "I will be doing good when I get out of here". I am a person who has always enjoyed going in the gym so I can't relate to agonizing about being in the gym …. cardio or fat burning exercises … that is a different story. I have never liked running, pounding on a treadmill, a stationary bike, aerobics classes or any other cardio exercise. That is why I did not stick with these disciplines. I found something that I enjoy doing and have become so involved with it that I have already lost twelve pounds and gained cardiovascular benefits. I am going to tell you how I did it, but I am not suggesting you do what I did. I am suggesting you find something that you enjoy and it will be very easy for you to maintain the discipline.
How I did it:
A friend had asked me to mountain bike with him and I said yes. Next thing I know we are out in the fresh air and daylight winding our way through trails and over rocks. I was having a blast! I immediately thereafter purchased a bike and started riding on my own and with others. Climbing steep hills, long slow hills, the scenery, nature, fresh air … I love it! I found myself riding at every opportunity and not even thinking about it as my exercise routine. My resting heart rate lowered, my waistline became smaller, and I feel great! A course that at first was impossible to me was now a 3-time per week routine. Not only do I complete the course but I am regularly lowering the time it takes to complete it. The key is finding something you enjoy doing. What might that be for you? For me it is obviously mountain biking.
Here are some suggestions:
- Walking Walking is a great way to relieve stress, lose weight, burn calories, and just feel great. You can enjoy nature or see the city! Find a walking partner and talk about your day while you walk. If you live in a harsh climate you can find a place to walk indoors. I see walkers in the malls all the time.
- Martial Arts Martial arts is a great way to get in shape and a wonderful discipline. You will increase speed, flexibility, confidence, and cardiovascular fitness. If you are the type that prefers to be in groups, martial arts may be for you.
- Aerobics classes Although aerobics classes are not my cup of tea … many people love them. How will you know until you try? This is another activity you may want to try if you like being in groups. I have witnessed some very high energy aerobics classes.
- Dancing Now here is a way to have fun and get in shape! Dance! I am sure you can find lessons, clubs, and other people willing to join in the fun.
- Running Perhaps you are like me..you enjoy solitude and would prefer to be in a small group or alone. Try running. Nothing but your thoughts, nature, and the trail ahead. There are many benefits to be had by a running program.
- Home exercise equipment Perhaps you are someone who has very little time to join a gym or a group of others for a regular workout routine. A piece of home gym equipment can be just the ticket for you. You can ride an elliptical machine while the children nap or run on the treadmill while you watch the evening news. Purchase your equipment from a reputable dealer and be sure and look online for the best prices. This is another way to enjoy an exercise routine if you prefer to be by yourself. There are many many nice pieces of equipment available that are easy on the joints and very quiet.
- DVD's or VHS That is right. If you think you would like an aerobics class but you are not ready to join a gym … a pre-recorded workout routine may be for you. You can find Tae-Bo, aerobics, yoga, or hundreds of other titles where you can workout in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
These are just a few suggestions. I am sure you can think of many more and hopefully you are thinking about something that you really enjoy doing. Who says getting in shape has to be a grueling task? Do something you love and it will be easy for you. You will look forward to your next routine and workout with enthusiasm.
I wish for you the best of health.