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Embracing movement: Finding your fitness path

Updated: Mar 22

trainer in weight studio lifting kettlebell

Movement keeps me ticking along, feeling well-oiled, strong yet limber, in a good frame of mind, and simply just wonderful. I absolutely love it!!

Many people find themselves questioning what type of exercise they should be doing. It's a big question and very dependent on lifestyle, passion, physical ability, access, age, and reasons for exercising - there are all sorts of opportunities but also perceived barriers to exercising.

When deciding what exercise to start doing, there are several factors to consider to ensure that you choose activities that align with your goals, preferences, and physical capabilities.

Here are some things to consider:

  1. Fitness goals: Define what you want to achieve with your exercise routine. Whether it's weight loss, muscle gain, improved cardiovascular health, flexibility, or stress reduction, your goals will influence the type of exercises you should focus on.

  2. Personal preferences: Consider activities you enjoy or think you might enjoy. If you dislike running, for example, don't force yourself to become a runner. Instead, explore different options such as swimming, cycling, dancing, or martial arts.

  3. Physical condition and health: Take into account your current fitness level, any existing health conditions, or physical limitations. Consult with a healthcare professional or fitness expert if you have concerns or specific health considerations.

  4. Time commitment: Evaluate how much time you can realistically dedicate to exercise each week. Choose activities that fit into your schedule and lifestyle, whether it's short, high-intensity workouts or longer, more leisurely activities.

  5. Accessibility: Consider the resources and facilities available to you. Whether you prefer exercising at home, outdoors, or in a gym, ensure that your chosen activities are accessible and convenient.

  6. Variety and balance: Aim for a well-rounded exercise routine that includes a variety of activities to target different muscle groups and fitness components. Incorporating cardio, strength training, flexibility, and balance exercises can help prevent boredom and reduce the risk of overuse injuries.

  7. Budget: Take into account any financial costs associated with your chosen activities, such as gym memberships, equipment, or instructor fees. Explore budget-friendly options if necessary, such as outdoor activities or home workouts.

  8. Social support: Consider whether you prefer exercising alone or with others. Joining group classes, sports teams, or workout buddies can provide motivation, accountability, and social interaction.

  9. Progression and adaptability: Choose exercises that allow for progression over time and can be adapted to your increasing fitness level. Start with manageable intensity and gradually challenge yourself as you improve.

  10. Enjoyment and fun: Ultimately, choose activities that you genuinely enjoy and find fulfilling. Exercise shouldn't feel like a chore; it should be something you look forward to and derive satisfaction from.

By considering these factors, you can make informed decisions about what exercises to incorporate into your routine, leading to a more enjoyable and sustainable fitness journey.



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