Finding the right exercise for you

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As a self-confessed fitness addict, I often need reminding that most people are not interested in working out. People don’t have time to go to the gym, or they HATE the gym. They hate getting sweaty and being around annoyingly fit people who are way too enthusiastic, and simply don’t ENJOY the experience. I understand that this is the case for a lot of people, but I do believe that you just need to find the right exercise to suit your needs. Here are a few tips:

Don’t go to the gym

If you are trying exercise for the first time you will almost definitely find the gym boring. There isn’t much fun to be had there for a newbie. Creaking treadmills, daunting machines and too many mirrors make it a scenario where you are likely to feel intimidated and less likely to return.

Try Zumba

No joke. If you want to attend a class where no one can look down on you, then Zumba is a good place to be. NO ONE looks cool or sexy doing Zumba no matter how much they try. Most people are uncoordinated and having a laugh whilst shaking their butts and singing along to the music, and before you know it 60 minutes have passed.

Get functional

If you have problems with day to day activities they why make things complicated? Don’t run before you can walk. If you have trouble walking up and down stairs then start taking the stairs everyday. You don’t need to carve out time for a workout, just incorporate it into your day and you will see improvements in your fitness. If you get puffed out running for the bus then go a walk and add in short 30 second bursts of running. Over time you will be able to run for longer and your breathing will improve.

Invite friends

Making exercise a social event is the best way to ensure you keep it up. Try swimming with a friend for 30 minutes non-stop and reward yourselves with a coffee and a chat afterwards. Instead of meeting in the pub for a gossip go for a hike. You will be talking so much that it acts as a distraction from the hard work.

What got you hooked on exercise?

2 thoughts on “Finding the right exercise for you

  1. great tips! I know a lot of people who hate the thought of the gym, but if you don’t know what you’re doing then you’re never going to love it!

    I have a few sessions with a PT throughout the year to keep my workouts refreshed and to get to know the equipment properly, definitely stops you feeling like an idiot! lol x

    1. Classes got me hooked! A class called Body Fit to be exact. Loads of different people with different levels of fitness jumping around and getting motivated. It started a fitness obsession for me. I just wish I could find my enthusiasm. I left it lying around somewhere…

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