So you’re not a fan of exercising, but it’s about time you made more of an effort before the middle age spreads grips you? Perhaps your idea of a workout is hunting for the remote control. Whatever your reason, you need to find a sport or exercise which you enjoy. We’re here to help and point you in the right direction.
We strongly suggest you consult your GP before starting any new workout regime, especially if you’re unfit and it’s been awhile since you worked out. Whatever you choose, you can’t expect to be an expert overnight. Start out slow and increase your intensity or duration as you feel your fitness improving.
First we need to identify your exercise style?
Are you a loner? Or unless you are flanked by a group of your best friend’s yelling encouragement, you’ll find every excuse under the sun to put of your exercise until tomorrow. If you a shift worker or on-call and can’t commit to a regular schedule, working out by yourself means you can schedule your exercise for a time that suits you. This will only work if you can push yourself. Gym memberships, running alone, cycling or doing exercise DVDs in front of the TV might be a good place to start.
Do you enjoy being part of a team? Like the competitiveness of winning or looking for a way to make new friends? Team sports like netball, hockey or basketball could be the ticket to motivating you.
Find it hard to get motivated? You might need a training buddy, a personal trainer or to join a group fitness class where you can get the sport to push yourself. Gym classes like Spin, Yoga or F45 with some moral support may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Next you need to decide on a physical activity that suits where you live. There’s no point deciding you are going to take up snow skiing if you live on the Gold Coast. If you don’t like the heat, you may want to take up swimming during summer and choose another sport for winter.
Perhaps you don’t have time to exercise and want to incorporate it your workout with family time? Biking is something the whole family can do, and if you have young ones, all you need is a carrier.
Whatever you decide on, don’t put it off until tomorrow.