Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Getting Active

In my years as a fitness trainer I have been asked over and over "How can I stick to my fitness plan?" The answer sounds so simple. Do what you love to do!

Some of you know exactly what type of exercise you love to participate in and which type of exercise you prefer to skip. Inevitably I get someone who says that they are running as the main part of their aerobic workout even though they dislike it soooo much. It doesn't take long before they quit altogether. Life is short and with so many options out there we do not need to waste time doing something we don't like doing. Short and sweet...if you don't enjoy it, don't do it.

For those of you who aren't sure what you love to do, start experimenting with different types of exercise and see what you enjoy. Figure out what you like and get to it. You are more likely to be successful if you enjoy what you are doing...I find that not only works with fitness, but in many aspects of life from social situations to work.

I participate in many different types of exercise and recreation. For example, last week I did 4 mountain bike rides, went telemark skiing, played volleyball in a women's city league, and went for a run on the treadmill. I loved every minute of it and can't wait to do more!

Here are some activities to consider trying: aerobics, spin class, zumba class, running, eliptical machine, walking, running stairs, mountain biking, hiking, playing a sport, skiing, weight lifting, cycling, snowshoeing, climbing gyms and canyoneering.

Your challenge: Find what it is you love to do for exercise and fitness.