Exercise is one of those words you either love or you hate. And the difference is whether you’ve found your soulmate workout or not!
Teenage crushes, first love, fitness! When you find the right one, everything just clicks! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and your heart is racing. You dream about it at night, can’t wait to wake up in the morning to spend time together, and you can’t get it off your mind the rest of the day. It puts a bounce in your step and a smile on your face.
Think back to when you were young. What was your favorite physical activity? Did you like running and jumping playing tag or hopscotch? Did you like to climb trees or roller-skate or ride your bike? Did you like swimming or dancing, or did you prefer team sports? Make a list of some of the thing you enjoyed as a kid and see which of these activities you can do now.
You may not be as skilled as you once were, but that’s no reason not to start at the beginning and try them again. You will learn much quicker this time! There is a really good chance that if you engage in some of the exercise you enjoyed as a child, you will find you like it as an adult too.
While searching your past is a great way to find your soulmate workout, it’s not the only option. You’re in luck because we are at a time in history when fitness is all the rage!
There are more exercise options available to us now then ever before. Sports are more popular than ever, and shows like American Ninja Warrior are mainstream. There are 5ks popping up in almost ever part of America almost every weekend! You can do anything from climbing indoor mountains to aerobics in water. And we have the internet at our fingertips to find everything available to us locally or online!
Search your area to find everything local from running around “hunting” friends and family at laser tag, to bouncing around at a local trampoline park, to pole dancing with your friends. If you want to workout in your own home, you can search YouTube for free sample workouts. Another option is subscription apps or streaming programs such as BodyRock or the one I use, BeachBody On Demand, which offers everything from yoga to cardio to dance to strength training and more. There are even workout programs available regularly on television.
You may find that you love something after the very first time you try it, but like anything else, often it takes a little familiarity and practice to know if whatever you’re trying is for you. Notice the way you feel during, and especially after the workout. You may be a little overwhelmed when you try something new, but feel confident and energetic, refreshed afterwards. Focus on having fun and not on the time or calories burned, and give it a real chance. Don’t give up too quickly, it would be a shame to pass on your soulmate.