There are so many different ways to get active. You can run, lift weights, take exercise classes, do yoga, crossfit, bootcamp, do pilates, go swimming, rollerblading, biking, walking, and so much more.
Often times I see people putting down certain ways of exercising. “NO running whatsoever”, “Don’t lift heavy or you’ll get bulky”, “yoga isn’t really exercise”, “walking isn’t intense enough”. So on, and so forth. I cringe when I hear these things. Yes, certain types of exercises should be incorporated into your exercise routine depending on your goals. However, they don’t need to be the ONLY type of exercise you do.
If you want to build muscle, sure, you must incorporate some type of strength training into your exercise routine. But you don’t need to cut out other types of exercise you like.
If you want to lean out, sometimes you need a little extra cardio. Some people don’t need any.
If you just want to have fun and stay active, you can DEFINITELY walk for exercise. Or do yoga. Or anything else your heart desires.
Because guess what? Exercise is NOT a one-size-fits-all type of deal. Different things work for different people! Exercise is supposed to be a part of your life and IMPROVE your health. It shouldn’t be something you dread. You should make it a habit, and something you look forward to to release some stress, get high off endorphins, and feel like a badass.
For example, I LOVE weight training. But sometimes I just feel like going for a looong run outside. So I do. Sometimes I want to do some yoga and practice my handstands, so I do. Sometimes I want to take a bootcamp class, or try out cross fit, so I do.
If you don’t like to run, you don’t have to.
If you don’t like to lift heavy weights, you don’t have to.
If you hate yoga, you don’t have to do it.
See what I mean? It’s really that simple. Find something you love, something you’re passionate about, and something you look forward to. Do that, and enjoy it.