The Internet is packed with fitness advice.
Chances are, you’ve seen (and clicked on) articles proclaiming to know the five best exercises for flat abs, weight loss or svelte arms. Or maybe you’ve seen a friend constantly updating Facebook to talk about their yoga session or CrossFit WOD.
More than likely, you’ve wondered if you should be doing those five exercises or if your results-proclaiming friend is in on some secret.
Well, this article is going to clear everything up for you.
Here is the last guide you’ll ever need about what exercise you should be doing. Are you ready?
Do whatever exercise you enjoy doing.
It’s that simple. Hear me out.
Science supports the idea that just moving is good for you.
Just to clarify, that means that no matter what you do for exercise, your movement of choice has a positive impact on your health.
Now, there are scientific studies that show that certain types of exercise and workouts have more positive effects than others (such as HIIT, weightlifting, sprints, etc.).
I’m not trying to say that those studies are worthless.
There are plenty of people who have found something that worked for them. I’m not saying their anecdotal evidence is worthless.
But here’s what I am saying: there’s no point in forcing yourself to do a workout you hate.
If you loathe running, don’t do it just because it burns a lot of calories.
If CrossFit hasn’t clicked with you after a month, don’t continue to drag yourself to the box just to put in minimal effort and pay the high membership fees.
Those are both recipes for disaster. You’ll end up throwing in the towel or making excuses to skip. Workouts will become punishments—and, seriously, no one should do that to themselves.
Instead, find something that you enjoy doing.
If you like running, stick with it! But if a month of pounding the pavement leaves you unsatisfied, maybe it’s time to sign up for a yoga class or try some weightlifting. Or, maybe you want to leave the conventional “workout” exercises behind and join a volleyball team.
Hey, it’s movement... it’s exercise! Maybe the activity you enjoy the most is simply a morning walk. Exercise doesn’t have to be “athletic” for it to be beneficial for you.
Once you’ve found what you love, exercise becomes an enjoyable hobby instead of a necessary evil. You end up working out because it makes you happy, not as some sort of punishment for eating food. And as a bonus, you’ll reap the benefits of regular exercise for something that’s fun.
So, truly, find the movement you enjoy, and do that. You’ll thank me later.