Choosing the type of exercise you do, depends entirely on you and what you like to do as well as what you hate doing, paying membership fees, and whether or not to buy equipment.
Common sense tell us that; If you choose something that you don’t like doing, you’re not going to keep doing it for very long. So it’s important to give it some thought – if you don’t like running, you aren’t going to get up at 6 AM and go jogging (equally you might not like getting up early). If you can’t find something you like to do, choose something you hate the least, which will in most cases will be walking.
Walking is fantastic exercise, as it suits all levels of fitness. Anyone can start a walking program, it’s normally the intensity and duration that changes. Walking can also be a social exercise, as it isn’t difficult to find a training partner to chat with while you exercise. Walking with a partner will also make time go by faster.
Whatever exercise you decide upon, you should start at a low level of intensity and build it up over a period of weeks, which is essential to the longevity of your exercise program. If you start off too hard, you could end up injuring yourself which will require time off to get over.
If you’re really not in good shape, you should start off by walking for 10 minutes each day. Then, increase it by 5 minutes every 2 weeks. To make things more interesting, you should try walking a different route every few days.
If walking isn’t your thing, then you may want to try a gym. They will have loads of variety and normally have in-house trainers on hand to answer any questions you may have.
When you choose a Gym, make sure that they give good service. If they’re not willing to treat you well before you join, then they certainly won’t after you join. You should also make sure that the equipment they use is well taken care of. It’s easy to find out, as all you have to do is listen to the machines. If they squeak a lot or make noise, then chances are they aren’t being taken care of.
If you still aren’t sure what you should do, then you should look into more social activities such as golf, tennis, badminton, or squash for example. These are all good social activities and you can even meet new friends. Tennis for example is great for fitness although it isn’t ideal for someone who is just starting out.
Whatever form of exercise you decide upon the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle are wort the effort but you choose something you enjoy if you want to keep it up.