I often get asked, “what’s the best exercise to do?”
…and my response is always, “what do YOU like doing?”
As a PT of almost 11 years, I’ve heard it all when it comes to exercise. Many people have walked in my door, hired me to train them but started off by saying “now, I really hate exercising, but I know this is good for me…” and that end bit? That’s exactly what I tell people:
Any kind of exercise is better than no exercise at all.
Here’s a conversation I typically have when I first meet a client:
me: What do you like doing?
client: Umm…not much…I guess I don’t mind walking.
me: Great – how often do you think you could fit some type of structured exercise into your life?
client: Oh easily twice a week
me: Fantastic – let’s start with two 20 minute walks per week.
client: Is that it? Really???
I almost always struggle to keep a straight face.
I don’t know what it is, but a lot of people expect me to tell them they NEED to exercise 7 days a week, or at least 3, 4, 5 or 6 – oh why not just 7?!?!
The truth is – if you are not doing any form of exercise at all, suddenly pounding the pavement 7 days a week is just not a reality…nor is it healthy.
Rather, if you start with two days a week (40 minutes out of a full 7 days is not a lot to ask) – what you’ll discover is this little thing that happens with exercise – it’s addictive.
Endorphins get realised when you start to move your body – these feel good hormones encourage you to want to do more and more (not less and less, which might be the case when you go too hard too fast!)
If you want my more complicated answer to the question “what’s the best exercise to do?”…stay tuned for my blog post next week about my more detailed exercise recommendations.
But to answer you in the most simple way I can – I’d love to see you move just that little bit more than you currently are.
Let me know in the comments below, what kind of exercise are you going to do this weekend?
My personal preference at the moment is lots of zen ki yoga and I might sneak a barre class in on Sunday too 🙂
Here’s to moving MORE,