Fitness, like nutrition, is key in feeling your best, staying strong, and challenging yourself so that your muscles/tendons/ligaments/bones stay strong.
My exercise of choice is running. I love running for several reasons:
1. It’s free. No gym membership needed.
2. You can go as fast or as slow as you want. Set your own pace.
3. It is an excellent cardiovascular workout.
4. You can always challenge yourself and grow from running. When your body gets used to a certain pace, pick up your speed and/or change the incline at which you are running for more of a challenge.
5. It’s a great stress reliever.
6. Breaking a sweat is always a good thing, and running will do this for you. If you are not sweating you are probably not really working and challenging your body!
Although I love running, I would be ignorant if I ignored the benefits of resistance training. This can require as little equipment as you want/have. Push-ups, lunges, squats, sit-ups, jumping jacks, bridges are all fantastic for increasing your strength in different muscle groups and they require NO equipment. You can do them virtually anywhere! Take advantage of that and do not limit yourself to a gym. I guarantee you will feel better to go outside and enjoy the great outdoors as you exercise.
In all of this, never forget that if you are not having fun, you probably will not stick with it, right? Find something you enjoy doing, whether it is playing volleyball, throwing a football, hiking, walking your dog, soccer, or hop-scotch, do an activity that gets your heart rate up once a day and you will be well on your way to optimum fitness.
That is worth saying again…..I try to live by that mantra in regards to fitness: BREAK A SWEAT ONCE A DAY. What a great approach to take; no pressure; no high expectations, no hating your workouts, just break a sweat. Once you find what you enjoy doing that stimulates your body, you can work up for more challenging moves/exercises/activities.