February 22, 2023 4 Min Read
Finding Your Fitness Bliss: Tips for Choosing the Right Exercise for Your Lifestyle
Physical fitness is essential to overall well-being, but it’s not always easy to know where to start when finding the right exercise routine.
How times have you been headstrong and told yourself you’re going to start running, cycling, or daily walking, and while the first few days went well, you quickly found yourself back at square one.
Usually coupled with self-doubt, regret, and a lot of negative self-talk.
But while you think the issue may lay with you and your discipline and motivation, perhaps there’s a much simpler reason why things aren’t going to plan.
Could it be as simple as you’re doing the wrong exercise?
In this guide, we’re diving into the idea that the key to success might not just be being hard on yourself and pushing yourself into an exercise because you think you should be doing it, but rather taking the time to find an activity that you enjoy, fits your lifestyle, and helps you achieve your fitness goals.
It’s not about keeping yourself under the thumb every time you exercise, but instead finding an activity that brings you joy, makes you feel good, and makes you want more.
Here’s how to find your fitness bliss and choose the right exercise for your lifestyle.
The Mind-Body Connection: How Your Physical Well-Being Impacts Your Mental Health
The benefits of regular exercise extend far beyond physical health.
Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while boosting self-esteem, confidence, and mood.
Regular exercise helps regulate the release of endorphins, which are natural feel-good chemicals produced by the body.
This mind-body connection is so important to think about because it comes with profound clarity. Of course, you’ll need to find an exercise you enjoy that matches your lifestyle and personal preferences.
If you were exercising purely for physical reasons, you’d simply opt for the exercise that gave the best physical results, depending on your goals.
But when you start putting the release of endorphins in the context, alongside the ability to reduce stress and anxiety, better your sleep quality, and so on, then it makes sense that your exercise needs are different.
Some exercises will be amazing for you, and others will not.
Everybody is different and has different needs for managing stress, hormones, and bodily functions, so there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. It’s all about going through the process of seeing what works for you.
And when you find an activity you enjoy, you’re more likely to stick with it and experience the benefits of the mind-body connection.
Exercise Doesn’t Have to Be Hard. Just Move Your Body More
How often do you picture yourself exercising and have this image, perhaps a scene inspired by something you saw on Instagram, of you pumping iron and running marathon distances and pushing yourself to the extreme?
With all the fitness-related content out there, probably quite a bit, but the truth is exercise doesn’t have to be exactly like you see it on the screen.
Again, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to exercise, and you’ll get the best results when you find what works best for you and your lifestyle.
And as your lifestyle changes, so do those needs.
Many assume that exercise must be hard, time-consuming, or expensive.
But the truth is, any type of movement can benefit your health.
It’s not about running a marathon or lifting heavy weights; it’s about moving your body in a way that feels good to you.
Whether it’s a leisurely walk around the block, dancing to your favorite music, or practicing yoga, there are countless ways to incorporate movement into your daily routine.
This understanding alone can make previous exercises you didn’t enjoy far more interesting and engaging!
Defining Your Workout Style
Okay, let’s start making this a little more actionable. Start thinking about what works best for you and your lifestyle.
Ask yourself questions that can help you dramatically define the kind of sport or exercise you’re interested in. These can be questions like;
- Do you prefer to work out alone or with others?
- Do you enjoy being outdoors or indoors?
- Do you like a leisurely, unstructured workout or a structured routine?
- Is there a sport you’ve done in the past and would like to do again?
- Is there a sport you like the look of but have never tried?
- What opportunities are available in your local area?
- Do you have friends who do certain sports you’d like to try?
Consider your preferences and interests to find an activity that you’ll look forward to doing. Maybe you’ve seen a video of people rock climbing, and you thought to yourself, “hey, that’s something I’d love to do,” but haven’t got around to it yet.
Maybe you see a similar video of a dance class and scroll past it because you’re not interested. Pay attention to these nuances in your thinking because they show you what you like and don’t like.
Funny how we spend so much time and energy looking outside ourselves for answers, but the real answers are there within us the whole time.
We just need to listen!
Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things
And finally, there are few cases where you’re going to find the kind of exercise you’re looking for, but then comes the next step – actually doing it.
Trying new activities can be intimidating, but it can also be an excellent opportunity to discover something you love, so you’ll need to work on overcoming that fear or anxiety you have.
There are plenty of ways to do this, from going with a friend or taking a sample class. The best thing you can do is to simply email the sport, club, or activity and ask any questions you may have, and go from there.
If you’re doing something alone, perhaps running, then get dressed as though you’re running and just go for a walk, maybe running in parts to see how you feel. Get your phone and download a friendly running playlist. Cook yourself a nice meal afterward.
Just find ways to make the exercise more engaging for you, and if you can do this, it’s more likely to stick, and you’re more likely to feel the benefits.
Don’t forget to set goals to aim for, as this can seriously help with motivation!
Finding your fitness bliss is all about discovering an activity that brings you joy and makes you feel good.
It’s not about pushing yourself to the limit but instead finding an exercise routine that fits your lifestyle and helps you achieve your own personal fitness goals.
Remember, any type of movement can benefit your health, and it’s important to consider your preferences and interests when choosing an activity. Don’t be afraid to try new things and step outside your comfort zone.
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