“Be good to your body so it can be good to you.”
By now I’m sure you’ve realized that there are few aspects of life, if any, that I believe to have definites. Exercise is no exception. To me it’s the same as with your diet: experimenting with what makes you feel your best.
You don’t have to go to the gym
I used to associate working out with going to the gym. And I hated going to the gym because I didn’t enjoyed using the machines. I knew there were a million other ways to stay active, yet I felt like going to the gym was the only “real” way to workout — whatever that even means. This obviously isn’t the case. Some people do best at the gym, and others — like myself — do not. Both are completely fine!
The best way to stay consistent is by finding a form of exercise you like
If you dread it, you’re not going to do it. It’s as simple as that. Finding a form of exercise you enjoy makes it so much easier to stay consistent. The gym isn’t exactly my cup of tea, and running doesn’t agree with me much either. Yet there were so many times I tried to force myself to go for a run. Of course, I never lasted more than a few days.
It was only when I found exercises I looked forward to that I started maintaining an active lifestyle. Personally, I love cycling, barre, and yoga. Living in city settings most of my life, I walk a ton too. I also like hiking when I get the chance.
Don’t let someone tell you you’re not doing enough
This was an issue for me during my high school years. Even though I spent 3 nights a week at a dance studio working hard and sweating, there were people in my life at the time who told me that wasn’t enough. Like excuse me, what does that even mean? And how would you know what is or is not enough for me?
Exercise as much as you feel able and as much as you want to.
Likewise, don’t judge yourself
Especially if you’re just starting out, don’t get discouraged by what you aren’t able to do yet. You have to start from somewhere — everyone does. If you’re moving, that’s what counts.