How do you know what kind of exercise to do and how often to do it? Begin by answering the following questions:
What are your exercising goals?
What is it that is motivating you to exercise?
What do you want to accomplish?
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. For me, I want to stay in shape so that I can be strong, flexible, keep the extra weight off, and have more energy. I don’t want it to be my whole life. I am not trying to win a bikini contest or be a bodybuilder. Whatever your goals are, they will determine the kinds of workouts that you do and the frequency in which you do them.
Other items to consider are what kinds of movement you like to do, as well as how much time you want to commit to doing them. My workout schedule is to exercise two consecutive days and then take a day off. That’s my goal, although it is only a guide. Some days I work out very hard while on others, I just want to move in fun ways. We all need to learn to listen to our bodies. For me, if I do too much heavy weight lifting or HIIT training, my body becomes taxed and, consequently, I get depressed. The style, frequency, and amount of exercise we do should track our body’s needs for any particular day. This will keep us motivated and will give us the best results. Exercise need not be punishing or unpleasant.
So, what kind of movement do you like to do? Do you like cardio, heavy weightlifting, light weightlifting, dancing, ballet, kickboxing, T25, step aerobics, HIIT training, running, walking, or something else? Or, are you like me and like to mix it up? Mixing it up keeps us from getting bored. It also targets more muscle groups.
On days that you find yourself unmotivated to work out or you are out-of-shape, do this: put on your exercise clothes, tell yourself to move for just ten minutes, and, before you know it, you won’t want to stop.
One last thing, have FUN!
Exercise and movement shouldn’t be punishing if you follow these key principles:
Determine what your goals are.
Determine what kind of movement/exercises do you like to do.
Listen to your body, exercise accordingly, and HAVE FUN!