How to Find the Right Type of Exercise

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Yoga; CrossFit; hiking; calisthenics; spinning; power lifting; pilates; high intensity interval training (HIIT)...with so many different exercise options available to us, it can be difficult to choose and commit to the one that's best for you.

Exercising is a known mood booster, but if you don't enjoy the type of workouts you do on a weekly basis, you could be wasting time, energy, and money on something that is neither effective nor fun. Ultimately, you might just give up on the exercise you decided to try, and you're back to square one. Forget for a second what everyone on social media is doing. In order to choose the best type of workout for you, you need to pause and think about yourself, what you want out of exercising, and what will make you happy. 

Today, I'm sharing the 5 things you should think about before figuring out what type of exercise will help you achieve your fitness goals, and become an enjoyable hobby you look forward to!

Know yourself and your body

Everyone is different, which means that everyone has different fitness goals, physical endurance, and workout preferences. You'll find that your body is naturally better at some activities over others. For example, when it comes to cardio, I avoid long-distance running. When I run, my face becomes flushed and it becomes difficult for me to regulate my breathing without getting stitches in my side. To keep my heart healthy, I do box jumps or battle rope exercises. Essentially, I know that my body prefers high-intensity workouts in short bursts, rather than extended and paced-out exercises. Do a realistic assessment of your body, its strengths, and its limits, and you'll be one step closer to figuring out the best exercise for you.

Identify what you want to improve

Overall, the human body is mostly made up of key muscular groups: chest, back, arms, core, glutes, and legs. What are the areas you are targeting, or most want to improve? Depending on your answer, you'll want to try different workouts. 

Determine your budget

They say the best things in life are free...but the reality is, when it comes to working out, you will have to pay a price one way or another. There is a wide price range for the different kinds of classes and gym memberships available, so be realistic about how much you can afford on a monthly basis before you sign up for that year-long contract.

Be realistic about the time you want to commit weekly

Not only do you have to pay monetarily in order to achieve your fitness goals, but you also have to take the time to commit regularly to working out if you want to see results. Take a look at your schedule. Is your week usually filled with commitments to friends, volunteering, or staying late in the office? The answer is probably yes. Realize that you need to set aside time to exercise. It's important for your overall physical and mental health, so prioritize it in your schedule. There are always a million excuses, but the truth is, you can always make time.

Don't be afraid to switch it up

Once you get in the groove of working out at your favorite gym or yoga studio, you're going to feel great. Over time, you'll notice results, which will keep you motivated and keep you enthusiastic. But you may get bored. But don't worry - you can always break the monotony by trying something new! One of the best things about exercising is all the exploration you get to do in the process. It's a journey!