Exercise lights your fire... so just do it!
I’M sometimes asked the question, “What is the best exercise?”
The answer is simple – the best exercise for YOU is the one that you CAN and WILL do, by which I mean: it’s what you like to do (or at least don’t hate) that is practical and realistic for you.
Most of us can play a game of basketball, footie, tennis or go for a walk, but none of these are the right exercise for us if what we really want to do is dance, play golf or go fishing.
Ice skating, surfing and snowboarding are all great activities but not practical for many of us because of where we live. Weight lifting combined with cycling is a good mix of strength and endurance, but not to every ones’ taste.
So, the first thing to consider in deciding the best exercise for US is our interests, our abili-ties and our budget of time and money.
It may sound obvious but recognising this is a helpful first step because we can achieve “functional fitness” and actually enjoy doing it, easier than we think.
It’s still the case that ‘fitness experts’ tell us we need to do ‘X’ amount of activity that does this or that, three or five or whatever times a week. However, if we want to be fit enough to maintain a lovely garden or play with the kids – do those things as much as possible. And be ‘mindful’ while doing it.
We can get a powerful outcome by doing as little as 10 minutes of focussed activity a day.
Vacuuming and hanging out the washing can be an important part of our fitness routine, not to mention earning Brownie points for us boys and men.
Remember the two sides of this coin: the more we do, the more we can do and the better we feel. Better attitude, better appetite, cleared brain, sounder sleep.
And if we don’t use it, we lose it. There is no doubt that regular activity is beneficial in all of the above ways and more. How-ever, there is also no doubt that for many of us, doing enough can be a challenge. Too many other things to do, the weather is wrong, too tired.
So here are a couple of thoughts that help keep me motivated to move:
I want to be a good role model and be able to do things with my children and grandchildren. So, I get up and go.
It’s like doing those chores we may not enjoy: the dishes, the paperwork, brushing our teeth or eating more vegetables. The great thing is that, even if we still don’t REALLY enjoy them, after a time we learn to like some things about them and appreciate the benefits
Which brings me to this one from famous author Mark Twain (substitute exercise for writ-ing): “I dislike writing, but love having written.”
So, consider the above, work out the best exercise(s) for you. And do it.
z Kim Macrae is the Dubbo-based founder of ikifit. He writes about ideas and activities that can help brighten our own lives and the lives of those around us.
Vacuuming and hanging out the washing can be an important part of our fitness routine