Why it’s Important to Find an Exercise You Love

It’s well-known that exercise is incredibly important to maintain a healthy body and life, with its benefits extolled all over the internet and in numerous academic publications. We all love the feeling of an endorphin rush, but maintaining a consistent workout routine can be difficult even if you enjoy exercise – so what if you haven’t found your perfect exercise yet?If you’re tired of explaining to people that you don’t enjoy running, or that you just can’t bring yourself to lift weights no matter the benefit, you might often ask yourself:what is the best exercise for me?

The importance of finding the best exercise for your life cannot be overstated. Finding an exercise you enjoy will ensure that you are likely to keep at it, rather than giving up because it’s just not for you. You’ll also see your workouts as less of a chore and more of a recreational activity, leading to an overall increase of happiness in your life! Consider the following steps to find the best workout for you:

  1. Try a bit of everything

Remember that choosing the right exercise program for you will probably involve a bit of trial and error.Consider what you genuinely enjoy, rather than what you think you should be doing because everyone else is.Give a variety of things a chance,and you’ll be sure to find your perfect fit.

2.  Start slow

Wondering where to start? Cycling is often a good start for people struggling to find their perfect exercise. It’s an enjoyable way to get a decent cardio workout, as well as building muscle – and you often get to enjoy nature while you do it. Riding on city streets can be nerve-wracking, but if you live near a park, why not rent or borrow a bike and try it out? If you enjoy cycling, you can make things gradually more difficult by tackling steeper hills and going on longer rides. It’s the perfect mix of leisure and exercise!

3. Try something fun

Contrary to what you might believe, maintaining an exercise programme doesn’t have to involve the weight room or 5am runs. Why not try something your inner child would appreciate?  A really  fun option is Powerhooping. This can be done in a class or from the comfort of your own home as well as at a Powerhoop class.   A Powerhoop is both thicker and heavier than a traditional hula hoop, with the benefit of additional weights, making it a great way to burn calories and build muscle.  Go to www.powerhoopnz.co.nz to find out more.

4.   Join a group

Group classes can be one of the best ways to exercise. They give you the chance to meet others with similar interests, and the motivation can be stronger when you know that your peers will hold you accountable if you give up or skip a day.  I have seen hundreds of friendships created this way.

In a busy life, it can be difficult to find time for exercise at the best of times, but this is especially true if you’re feeling disillusioned or unhappy with your current routine – finding something you love will help immensely! Don’t be afraid to set goals for yourself to ensure you keep going. Fitness is a process,so consider what your end goals are, and write out smaller goals that will help you along the way. For example, if your goal is to be able to run a certain distance, aim to increase the distances you try to complete by a little each week. Start your search for your new favourite exercise today, and you’ll soon be sure to enjoy your workouts again!

Photo Credit: Silhouette Runner on Pexels.com under CC0 License

Walking Dog by Russmacon Pixabay.com under CC0 Creative Commons

Cycling by Cuncon via Pixabay.com under CC0 Creative Commons

Powerhooping by Amy McAuley on Powerhoopnz.co.nz