Just Do It

Many of my clients want to know how to choose an exercise. Which is the “best” exercise, when is the “best” time? Then without any idea of their personal choices, they want me to tell them the what and when.

The problem is, I don’t believe there is a best type or time to exercise. It is not as simple as “one exercise fits all”. I know there are articles about the exercises that may change your body composition, or the best time of day for “fat burning” or “muscle building” or “calorie consuming.” In reality, there are no guarantees on any of these claims. No one with any solid reputation as a personal trainer or in exercise physiology makes the unrealistic promises you see in these claims.

In the end, you have to decide what it is YOU like to do. When do you have time to do it? If you see an advertisement stating you must run for an hour six times a week to lose weight, but you despise running, do you honestly think you will stay with this exercise? Do you really want to punish yourself by making your body run when you hate running?

Perhaps a magazine says that the best time of day to exercise is between 7 and 9 in the morning. But what if you have to be at work? Or you just cannot get out of bed on a weekend to jog (when truthfully, you hate jogging?).

My advice? Decide what activity best suits you, and do it when you can make the time. Most importantly, you need to pick something you enjoy so you don’t feel like you are being tortured while you do it. After all, how often do you want to beat up yourself?

Find a time during the day for that activity. Maybe you can take time during your lunch break at work to take a walk. Perhaps you can find three ten-minute slots in your day to go up and down the steps. Whatever you decide to do, as long as you enjoy doing it and have made the time to do it, you are on the right track.

When I was in graduate school, I actually used to jog four times a week around the golf course. I am fairly sure I was feeling the peer pressure from all my healthy nutrition colleagues. Now I am older, my knees hurt, and I have learned that I love walking. I bought a wonderful pedometer that I wear every day, and I walk. Guess what? I am now one of those people who walks around the parking lot, up the extra flight of stairs, and sometimes (please don’t tell my husband), I’ll walk back and forth across the floor to make those extra 100 steps before I go to bed.

Luckily for me, I like walking. I have the little toy (a pedometer that does work!) giving me the immediate feedback I want. And, I just do it.

And so should you!

Good luck.

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