Ex­er­cise lights your fire... so just do it!

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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

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