I’m sure you’ve read millions of posts like this before. The author imploring the reader to get out there and exercise! Well, add this one to the list because maybe you (and I) need to hear it again.
I will never try and tell anyone what type of exercise is best because there simply is no such thing. You see, for the longest time I thought that running/jogging was the only type of cardio that could only burn off enough fat to be effective. But what if you hate running and the thought of it wants to make you crawl into a hole? Then perhaps it is not so great after all. One must find movement that makes sense to their body and be able to sustain that motion for a long period of time for it to be effective.
Different strokes for different folks. What may be my ultimate cardio blast may be your idea of hell on earth. So what? Find what makes sense to you no matter what anyone tells you! Not your spouse, trainer, friend, parent, child or whomever. You must explore different types of exercises to make a choice though. Don’t write anything off before giving it one good try especially if someone is recommending it. For example, I always heard that cycle class would build my quadriceps to mammoth proportions and that the class would be too difficult to do because it is “SO HARD!” Well, guess what? One day someone invited me to try their spinning class and I loved it and don’t care if it develops my quads more than dance or swimming would. It is fast paced, full of awesome energy, music is pumping and working out with others can be very encouraging. No matter that I am not at the same level as the gal next to me. Who cares? She wasn’t always at her level either. She worked to get there and so will I.
If you are new to exercise, start small and work your way up the mountain. Don’t go full out or you may burn out and become completely discouraged. Try walking at a medium pace. Alternatively, you could ride a bike casually around the neighborhood. Also, try going in a pool and “running” back and forth across the shallow end; it will feel like more of a bounding bounce, but it will get your heart rate up which is the point.
So, you want to do things that get you moving for an hour or so a day and you want to get a good burn at the same time. I will post soon about heart rate zones, but for now try to work-out at a level where you can still say your name and address at the peak of exertion, but not easily. If you don’t break a sweat, you aren’t pushing enough. There should at least be some light dampness on you at the end. Don’t worry about it, just try and if you don’t like it, try again with something else.
What is your current favorite form of exercise?