What is the best exercise to stay fit? Well, it is the one you do consistently. It is here that you can decide what you love to do. You do not need to be professional or even good. But, you can get fit. And you can start today!
I am not a professional, but an average woman in my late 50ies and I love to run, swim and cycle. It is a simple truth, if we don’t do it, we won’t get fitter. But if we do, we will. Simple but true. And you can too.
This is for you – why not decide to:
- get fit, you choose and go after it
- do what you love to do – walk, cycle, swim, run or …
- your commitment to this, start slow and build towards the dream
- arrange your schedules for your success
just do it, get going, and enjoy
We know that phrase, it is a well-known brand but it is a simple truth – JUST DO IT!
This is the way YOUR fitness can and will grow.
I try to stick to the training plans that I follow on Garmin. There are many days that I do not feel like doing the workout. This is true, but I just do it anyway. Very often just get out of the door and start walking. If all I do is walk, then I am okay with that.
- Your first goal is consistency to maintain fitness.
- The second goal is to try to improve my performance.
- Be clear in your mind about what you are aiming for.
walking – the best exercise to stay fit for my husband
He is a walker. He aims for 10 000 steps a day and he gets this done by walking the dog. Every morning he gets up and walks for half an hour. When he gets home after work, he goes another round with the dog. Both he and the dog are happy.
He loves walking but does not enjoy just walking by himself. It is a place where he can plan for the day and also process his thoughts. Since he has been doing this regularly his fitness has increased and he manages to keep a healthy body weight.
Walking is his best exercise because he does it.
cycling – the best exercise to stay fit for my friend
Walking and running are not for everyone. There are plenty of other things one can do. Cycling is great, I do it occasionally but my friend uses her bike daily. She uses it to do errands and she uses her bike for fun.
Cycling is low impact and buying a bike can fit into any budget. Counting exercise and movement into your every day is the way to gain and maintain fitness. I know of many people who cycle to work or cycle to take their kids to school. This is fantastic because you do not have to find another time to exercise, you simply exercise while you are on your way somewhere. This is a win for many busy people as they sneak exercise into their daily lives.
Cycling is her best exercise because she does it.
gym – the best exercise to stay fit for my daughter
I love the gym but I do not have one that is close to me. When I did have one that was close to me, it worked well. Finding the best exercise to stay fit at a gym gives you options – could this be for you? There are a variety of things you can do at a gym and you can also change it up.
Whether a gym is convenient or useful or not depends on the individual. You will not get fit by having a gym membership and never going.
Unfortunately, intention doesn’t get us fit.
I think we have all started with the best of intentions but haven’t been able to maintain the commitment.
This has been true for me.
As you think about the best exercise to stay fit for you, think hard before you commit to a gym membership. Most often you sign up for two years and after 3 months you realize this is not helpful, your thing, or practical to maintain. But you are stuck.
A gym membership is the best exercise for another friend because she is 2 minutes away from the gym and she goes regularly.
finding the best exercise for you
There are many things one could do, here are a few simple suggestions to get you thinking:
- push-ups and strength training for example will support any aerobic activity you do
- walking is always a good place to start if you’d like to give running a try. It is also excellent as a stand-alone.
- swimming is great because it does not strain your joints.
- pilates is another great option because it will also strengthen your core and that is great for any physical activity.
You may like or do one or more of the above. They are all great.
Choose what works for you and do that. This then is the best exercise for you.
overcoming the hurdles when doing the best exercise to stay fit
Here are some practical considerations to think about so you can maintain a measure of fitness. Use this as a checklist to help you decide what works and is possible for you.
- can I afford it, what does it cost financially?
- is it easy for me to do right now, or am I overreaching my abilities and setting myself up for failure?
- can I do it alongside my work schedule?
- can I do it with my family commitments?
- has the doctor given me the go-ahead?
- do I love it?
- will I still be wanting to do it in 6 months?
- why do I want to do this?
- who am I doing it for?
- can someone do this with me or do I want to do this alone?
These are basic things to ask yourself when you start on this journey. You will need to move things around. Getting up a bit earlier may help you squeeze in a run or give up a bit of TV at night to do a strength workout. These are all manageable, but think them through before you start and be prepared to move things around too. Be flexible, and kind to yourself as you progress.
the best exercise to stay fit and progress
Failure, sickness, and injury limit progress. We are lazy too sometimes, and that is fine, it’s only temporary. Reaccess and move forward, we all have had to readapt and readjust.
Whatever you decide to do, do it – the best exercise to stay fit is the one you do. If you start today, then you will be fitter tomorrow.
Start small and allow yourself to dream.
I’m in my late 50ies and have just started doing triathlons. I’ve just done two sprint triathlons and they have been fantastic. I am ordinary, nowhere near the front of the pack and I have a family and a job. It is possible. It is fun.
You may be at another phase of your life, but you’ve got this – you too can give yourself the gift of being fit. Your family will love it too.
Let me know in the comments what you love to do to keep fit.