As a Certified Personal Trainer, I have been asked this question numerous times. Especially with all the “new” ways one can exercise.
Should you buy a fancy treadmill, rower, or bike? You know the kind with the near-cult-like following.
Should you join a gym? And if so, which one? One of the premier, high-end, fancy gyms with the smoothie bars, pulse-pounding classes, tanning booths, massages, swimming pools, and more, or a $10 a month one where you can run through a simple 30-minute circuit, or do cardio all day?
Should you buy the latest in home workout tech? A mirror that hangs on the wall perhaps, or machines with cables and pulleys, or resistance arms, or that vibrate while you use them?
Should you buy ALL the toys? You know, the barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, benches, BOSU, stability balls, resistance bands, bumper plates, straps that come down from the ceiling, weighted balls, ankle weights, punching bags, heavy battle ropes, yoga blocks, weighted bars, sandbags, hex bars, landmines, boxes, bars with sand or water inside, giant weighted clubs, etc. etc. etc.
Should you sign up for an app that allows you to take classes remotely? Or where you can follow a workout on your own time?
Should you hire a trainer???
Here’s the TRUTH!
The only workout that works, is the one you will consistently DO!
It’s as simple as that.
Have you ever heard this: “Find something that you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life?”
The idea there is that what you do for a living should not be something you dread, or hate, or even just do because it pays the bills. In a perfect world, you want to have a job that is meaningful to you, you enjoy, or even love.
The same sort of principle applies to working out and exercise. If you absolutely HATE exercising, then you are most likely doing the wrong type or doing it in the wrong way, or with the wrong motivation.
Some things to ask yourself:
What do you find to be enjoyable? Dancing, lifting weights, boxing, running, biking, skiing, tennis, swimming, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, HIIT, basketball, walking, etc.
Do you like to be alone or with others when you work out?
Do you want to work out at home or in a public space?
Do you prefer to be indoors or outdoors?
How much time do you really have each day, and how many days per week?
Would you prefer one long workout, or to break it up over 2 or 3 shorter sessions throughout the day?
Would you actually prefer just to move more throughout your day and not have a formal workout session at all?
What equipment do you like to use, or would like to learn how to use?
What do you NOT enjoy?
And WHY do you want to work out? Is it because you feel you “Should” or “Have To?” Or is it for a deeper, more profound and personal reason? Finding your WHY is incredibly important.
You see, feeling like you HAVE TO workout in a way that is intimidating, or simply not fun, is demotivating. I want you to make fitness and movement a part of your lifestyle, not something you check off 2-3 times per week. Seeing a workout session on your calendar shouldn’t make you feel the same way you do when you have a dentist appointment. (No offense to the dentists out there. You are so needed, yet no one really enjoys getting their teeth worked on, do they?)
Of course, there will be days when you just don’t feel like working out, even if you generally love how you work out. That happens to everyone. But, when you think about getting some fitness in, on most days, it should be something you look forward to. Whether that means you love the actual workout or just the way you feel during or after, you need positive motivation to keep you consistent.
And consistency is the KEY!
You really can’t expect results from working out occasionally, or in ways that don’t challenge your body from week to week. Dabbling in exercise won’t get you anywhere. You might have to try out many, MANY avenues of fitness before you find what you enjoy, and that’s fine! Just find something you enjoy!
I had a client finally find her THING! Since I am no longer training in my home studio, most of my clients are now on an app where I create programming for them. But a few clients preferred to find classes or other workouts because working out from an app wasn’t for them. (Exactly the point of this blog post!) When my client “Nikki” (name changed to protect the innocent, haha) texted me the other day and said, “OMG, Kim! My Broadway Cardio class was so much fun! I have never liked cardio this much in my life. I can’t wait to do it again!!” my heart exploded in happiness for her!! She finally found HER THING!!
THIS is what you want to feel like when you exercise.
Maybe you’re not working out because you haven’t found YOUR THING. I’d like to encourage you to give it some thought. Ask yourself the questions I mentioned earlier in this post. And don’t be afraid to try new things.
Is there an indoor trampoline place you’d like to try? Or maybe a hiking group that meets in a nearby park? Or maybe you used to love golf back in the day. Dust off those clubs and get back out there.
Don’t be afraid to have FUN! You can have a blast while getting fit. It doesn’t have to feel like torture or punishment, I promise!
You can start with just 10 minutes a day to get in the groove. Then, aim for a minimum of 30 minutes per day 5 days per week. When that becomes pretty easy to do, up it to one hour per day. Again, this can be all at once, or broken up throughout the day. This can also be a mixture of activities. For example: 2 times per week you could lift weights if that’s something you enjoy and are knowledgeable in. 3 days per week you could do a mixture of biking, hiking, and tennis. Or you could walk 30 minutes a day, 5 days per week, and then a couple other days take a cardio-kickboxing class, a yoga class, and go out dancing on date night.
Now get to thinking, and then planning, and after that…DOING! Once you get those feel-good endorphins flowing, moving your body will become something you crave, in the healthiest way possible.
Don’t give up just because you didn’t find your thing yet….it’s out there, I promise!
P.S If you need help getting your workout on, I can help! Reach out here, and let’s talk!