Is there a secret in how to find your match in fitness? Just about all of us have heard a lot about the importance of including exercise in our daily routines. Research shows that those who exercise feel better about their own bodies. But knowing the benefits of exercise isn’t always enough to get us to include it in our overall fitness.
More notably, not all of us have that ‘sunny disposition’ toward exercise. Many of us just don’t exercise because we just would rather not. Many of us are just bored with the same old routine. Many of us get excited to try the latest new craze in fitness, even when it is something we have a difficult time fitting into our schedule.
Really though, how do you choose what the right exercise is to fit into your fitness routine? How do you determine what actually works for you?
Let’s talk about five ways to find that exercise that matches your fitness routine:
Recognize Exercise is Personal
Why is personal development important when it relates to exercise? Your relationship with exercise can be hugely personal. Doing an exercise that you hate comes across like a burden or a self-punishment. It can remind you of your body fat. It can remind you that you don’t look perfect. Those challenging thoughts have to power to rob you of your motivation and of your energy. They can convince you to back off and say to yourself “I’d rather not” or “not today”.
On the other hand, some of us over-exercise. Many push and extend the limit of their body. On the downside, your body, if over-stressed, can create a stress response within your sympathetic nervous system. When that response takes hold then Cortisol becomes dominant. Your body may stubbornly refuse to cooperate and will hold onto that extra weight! It will store that fat you want to lose!
Exercise should not be a memorial service for all of your “should of, would of, could of” self-depreciating thoughts, nor should it be a performance that suppresses you metabolically. We all resist less if something becomes personal. It becomes important. A functional fitness routine becomes one we will stick with.
Improve Your Relationship with Exercise
Whether you hate exercise or push your body to the limit you still need to tell yourself that you are exercising because it is good for your body. When you fully engage with something good for you – you feel more satisfied, and your relationship with it will naturally improve.
Exercise has something truly in common with the food you love. It’s a driving force that lets you know how to feel good about yourself. Your experience with it can become your self-indulgence, just as with food. Let exercise become your indulgence!
Gratification from exercise satisfies those insecurities that flare up from all those marketing strategies for unrealistic exercise routines that just don’t fit YOU. More importantly, that gratification you build from an exercise that matches your personality then leads you to committing to a fitness routine that is guilt-free!
Find the Right Reason
Most of us tend to see exercise as something that will help us toward the ultimate goal of losing weight. Or we think that it will be the means to provide that ideal body image. That thinking may also be a major roadblock to feeling better about ourselves and our body.
Engaging in exercise for the right reason has the power to change you from that person “faking it” in the gym-to the person who achieves a healthy attitude toward exercise!
Seeing exercise with an attitude that you want to take good care of your body encourages you to stick to it. Your body responds with telling you what it needs. Your self-esteem gets a major boost!
That response can be like a daily affirmation with your physical body. It becomes a stamp of approval. It ensures that you will be consistent in your goals!
Appreciate Your Body
Many of us, as children, would cut loose on the playground with an overwhelming urge to make the best use of that play time. Exercise was freedom! Our body was our guide that first challenged us, then trained us and advised us, not to just participate on that play ground, but, to thrive on it!
You didn’t lose that kinship with playtime because you grew up, your life became busy, or because you got out of shape. There is still a part of you that craves movement. That sees exercise as freedom!
Be creative. Walk. Ride bikes in the park with your kids. Make your dog’s day and jog with your buddy. Hike in the beauty of nature. Turn sports games in the backyard into fun with funky rules. Include cardio, strength training, and flexibility routines. Dance from your heart. Exercise with freedom!
Let your body challenge you. Work out with an exercise video on rainy days or check out a Pilate’s class. Play golf, swim, or rent a kayak. If you live in a snow region, shovel more, make a snowman, or cross country ski. Your body will train you and challenge you to feel alive in whichever form of exercise you choose!
Appreciate that your body is your guide, your mentor, your coach on a lifelong journey in exercise.
Progress is Your Goal
Any goal you have starts with a healthy attitude toward exercise. Your goal is not just in finding how to choose the right exercise that gives you weight loss. Getting fit may mean a couple of pound weight gain, yet your clothes fit much more loosely!
Your goal is engaging in physical activity that excites you, moves you, and burns calories. Be creative with something you enjoy and challenge it with change to keep it interesting. Listen to your body. Let it tell you when to challenge.
Stay motivated by tracking your progress. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes per day, five days a week, of a combination of vigorous and moderate exercise. Be consistent. The benefits of making physical activity regular enhance every aspect of your life.
It’s Never too Late to Start!
It’s never to late to start! And it all begins with finding your match in fitness. Make it personal! Form a solid relationship for the right reason. Appreciate your body and let speak as your guide. Make it your goal to indulge in a lifelong partnership with exercise!
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