It doesn’t matter how old, fit, flexible or fast you are, moving in a way that serves you and makes your body and mind feel good is so important.
We all know we need to do some sort of movement for our health and wellness but how do we know what exercise is best for us? Working in the fitness industry I see a lot of different people doing different types of training every day. I often find myself wondering why they have chosen that particular type of training. Is it because they enjoy that style of training and it makes them feel good, or are they trying to achieve a certain result or look a certain way? Are they following a training regime because they saw a celebrity or influencer post about it on Instagram and want the same results? Sometimes I see people running and they look like they are hating every moment, or people lifting weights who look like they’d rather be anywhere else. No wonder some of us give up and think exercise isn’t something we can commit to.
About six years ago I took on a new PT client who was in her mid-fifties. In our first session the client said to me that she really didn’t like exercising but that she needed to do it for her health. I asked what she didn’t like about exercise and she said “Running! I really don’t like running”. I asked why she was running if she didn’t like it and she said it was because she thought it was the best way to lose weight. This isn’t true, the best way to lose weight is to find exercise you can stick to! We therefore decided to create an exercise plan that focused on things she enjoyed doing. We agreed that a daily walk would be a far better option than running as well as a PT session with me once a week. As a result, her whole attitude around exercise has totally changed. She is consistent in her exercise and daily movement, attends other exercise classes a couple of times a week and plays golf – all because she is doing things she enjoys and working with her body instead of against it.
So now it’s time for you to walk your walk! When choosing to do movement and exercise think about what you might enjoy, what your body needs and what makes you feel good and gives you energy. Try different types of exercise to see what works best for you. You are the one that knows your body best so in time you will learn what works for you and what doesn’t.
Photo by Penny Barber https://www.sealightstudio.com.au/