I’m not writing this blog to tell you to start hiking. In fact I’m never going to push or tell you to do any form of exercise. I’m never going to argue that one form of exercise is better than another but based off of solid facts and physiology different exercise is beneficial for different reasons.
But why do we exercise in the first place? Yes it is good for bodies and helps prevent health issues from arriving in the future but I think I will support it more in the fact that it is soooo good for your brain, your outlook, your heart, and spirit.
Exercise can improve your quality of life so much that for me, it is the biggest and most solid reason to be doing it. So that being said I am a big believer in finding a way to get excited about doing it!
When it comes to fitness, consistency is #1 on the priority list and the thing we need to aim for the MOST when achieving a healthy fit lifestyle. So how can you be consistent with your exercise regime when you hate it? or you absolutely dread doing it?
Yes you can mentally force or push yourself to do it but can you mentally push to do something you hate multiple times a week for the rest of your life? I know I couldn’t…
That’s why it’s important to find a form of exercise that you are going to really enjoy and that’s where it starts. The enjoyment builds momentum and motivation and even excitement about doing it! It may trigger a push to try something else to or make things more challenging as well and most of the time it does because just like a drug exercising releases hormones leaving you wanting more.
I have always been someone who has really enjoyed lifting weights because it makes me feel strong and it’s allowed me to use that feeling of strength into other areas of my life that I felt I really needed it. I have a new found passion for hiking because I love being outside and surrounded by nature.
There have been many times where I have taken up a new exercise because of some reason but there has always been a “why” as to why I’m doing this form of exercise and not because you HAVE to.
Once you build momentum with a certain form of exercise you will have to do a little bit of resistance training and stretching just to prevent injury but it shouldn’t be the focus of all your exercise and doesn’t mean “lifting things up and putting things down”.
Everyone is different and prefers and enjoys different things so don’t feel like you have to do what everyone else is doing and find things you enjoy the most! Everyone needs to exercise 100% but any form will do as long as your creating joy in your life.
If you are looking for a trainer find someone who is versatile. Someone who doesn’t just believe in one form of exercise, who gives you an enjoyable injury prevention resistance training program that isn’t daunting, and who will overall create you a program that is personalized just for you!
Here are some different forms of exercise that you can try:
Hiking, hill training, dance, Zumba, yoga, swimming, biking, speed walking, running, rollerblading, soccer, baseball, basketball, running around with your kids (get them to create an active game ex- tag), rock climbing, snow shoeing, skiing, snowboarding, skating.
Comment below if I’ve missed any awesome forms of exercise to share.
If your interested in a personalized workout program send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂