A lot of the time, when people come to me seeking nutritional advice, they have more questions than just what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. People who want to change their lifestyle, change their level of wellness, have another question in the back of their mind…
That question: What type of workout is best?
My answer: The one you will commit to doing consistently.
Often, the biggest mistake people make is creating that squeaky clean 6-month workout schedule spreadsheet with every day planned and no room for error (cough – no, I have never done this, why do you ask???). So what happens to 80% of us when we try to stick to that plan? We’re setting ourselves up for failure. We skip the gym one day, one day turns into two days, and before we know it we’re binging through the rest of the week because, we already blew our gym schedule, might as well call it a loss for the week, order that pizza, and start over on Monday.
It’s a vicious cycle.
So when people ask me what they should do to workout, do I always answer yoga just because I teach it? No! Do I tell them to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio a day, because that’s what the doctors say is best? Um, no. Do I say, hit the gym at least four times a week and lift weights because that’s what I like to do? No way.
I ask them to think outside the box (pun intended – that one’s for you, cross-fitters) and figure out what it is they enjoy doing. Still at a loss? Here’s a list to help you start thinking creatively…
- Walking the dogs more, playing with them at the park
- Walking the mall or an indoor track (if it’s raining or snowing where you are)
- Racquet ball
- Volleyball, kick ball, soccer – join an adult league!
- Muay thai
- Playing tag with your kids, grandkids, nieces/nephews
- Climbing, indoors on a climbing wall or out in the wild
- Dancing… any style, anywhere, anytime!
- Stand-up paddle boarding
- … the options are truly endless as long as your body is moving!
Be creative. Try something new. Enroll a friend to do it with you – having company always makes exercise more enjoyable, AND keeps you accountable. Maybe you LOATHE spending an hour on the elliptical at the stinky gym amidst a mix of meatheads and chicks in full makeup and teeeeeny tiny hot-shorts… but spending an afternoon riding your single speed cruiser along the beach or through the park might be a game changer… giving you a chance to log off, miss calls, texts and emails for an hour or more while you get some fresh air and see your day, your neighborhood, the world, in a whole new light. And then the thought of how great that hour was, the great feeling you had and the clarity of your mind afterwards, keeps you coming back for more. Success!
But let me guess, you still have an excuse not to get moving, right? I know, it’s hard to get started, but save it.
Here are some common excuses/complaints and my responses to those:
- I don’t have enough time. Fine, but someone else who is busier than you is working out right now. Wake up an hour earlier, it’s as simple as that.
- I have an injury / mobility issues / arthritis / pain / etc. First, consult your doctor… then, find a lower impact exercise that you are comfortable doing. You may even find that exercising helps to ease your pain. In addition, excessive soreness after moderate exercise may be a sign of nutritional deficiency, in which case… call me!
- I’m too old to work out. Okayyy. Google “old man workout”. Or just watch this video. Or read this article. Then tell me you are too old.
- I hate the gym. Scroll up to the top of this post and start over. ;)
If you want to be a badass at life, you have to get yourself out there and BE IT. Not tomorrow, not after the weekend, not after three pizzas. Just. Go. Do. Something. Move your body and the rest of your life will change for the better, too.