Exercise should be an important part of your plan for living a long, healthy life.Â It helps keep your body and mind intact, helps prevent against susceptibility to injury, facilitates better sleep, mood and memory and lowers the risks of heart disease, stroke and hypertension.Â And while everyone can benefit from exercise, not all exercises are right for everyone.Â In order to get the most out of exercising, you’ve got to find one you can stick to.
Here are some ways to help you do just that, find an exercise that you can stick with.
Firstly, before you begin a round robin of exercise experimentation, you’ve got to know what limitations you may have.Â
Injuries or special conditions such as high blood-pressure or asthma may prevent you from engaging in certain types of exercises or workouts.Â For instance, hot yogaÂ—while a phenomenal workoutÂ—might not be the right choice for novice exercises with high-blood pressure; nor will swimming be a great exercise for people with damage to their shoulders or rotator cuff. Â In order to find an exercise you can stick with, you have to find one that won’t kill you or wear you out while you’re doing it.Â This might sound simple but ambition sometimes gets the best of us and those overly-ambitious people learn the dangers the hard way.
With an assessment of your basic dos and donts taken care of, start doing some research on exercises you think you might enjoy; or better yet, get out there and do some of them; you’ll never know what you’ll like until you try it, and even then, it might take a couple rounds in order to give it a fair estimation.
You might want to take a fitness personality test in order to generate some ideas on what might be a good match for you.Â After all, the best way to find something you’ll stick with is finding something that’s already in-line with your interests.Â Fill out the questionaire found here
Their recommendations might come up with things you’ve never thought about before but which might turn out to be the best exercise for you…hiking, swimming, kayaking, belly-dancing, cross-fit training, spinning or other group fitness classes, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, rock climbing, etc.
Finding the right exercise that you can stick with all comes down to you, about knowing your personality and knowing what you like and don’t like, as well as some areas that you might need to improve upon in order to reach your goal.Â These don’t have to be major things, but something as simple as committing to a group kickball league (something with set time commitments) might be just what you need in order to stick with the exercise.Â Similarly, you might be the kind of person that needs a strict schedule or some kind of visual aid, a progress chart, an exercise wheel, etc., in order to keep you motivated and going.Â Incentives are great, but incentives eventually fade; ideally, you want to make the exercise the incentive, if it’s something you’re going to stick with, it should be something you look forward to.
The important thing is to get out there and give them a try.
About The Author:
Earl Reidlen is a freelance sports writer. He love fishing with his son and they take trips all over the country. When he’s on the job you can find him recommending companies for many different facets of the sporting world including gym floor coverings.