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Find Your Ideal Exercise Program

Do you have a craving, discomfort, or emotion that you can’t identify?  Lack of appropriate exercise might be the answer. Our diagnostic consultation will help you uncover the imbalances in your life to get you on the right track to happy, healthy, and fit.  Request yours here

 

Stress, hard work, and constant worrying create tension in the body, which can lead to chronic aches, tightness, and constipation. Many people try to alleviate these symptoms with alcohol and sugar, which only serve to dampen their unease and anesthetize the body. Physical activity is an ideal way of releasing a build up of physical tension. Developing a regular activity program to suit your particular body type and lifestyle will have numerous rewards. The challenge is to find the types of movements you enjoy most, and then build them into your life.

WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE WORKS BEST FOR YOU?

Think about what you loved to do as a kid.

Did you play in the woods, dance, work in the yard, or bike? This is a good place to start when looking for a new exercise routine.

Listen to your body.

Know that movement is a lot like food. Once you understand how different types of movement nourish your body in different ways, you can put together a menu of activities to keep yourself in balance.

Feeling frail and unfocused? Try vigorous movement to make you feel stable and powerful like kickboxing or running, but start slowly and build up.

Feeling tight and tense? Try gentler movement to increase lightness and flexibility like swimming or yoga.

What’s your personality type?

If you are a quiet person who likes a lot of alone time, consider buying a small trampoline or a set of hand weights so you can move in the comfort of your own home.

If you like competition and being around groups of people, you can find team sports like kickball or softball, which have the added benefit of human interaction and friendly competition.

You can also find a blend of the two by taking a group fitness class like Pilates, Tae Kwon Do, or dance.

When do you feel most energetic?

Just as some people think more clearly in the morning and others think more clearly at night, some  people prefer to exercise first thing in the morning, while others prefer to exercise later in the day. There’s no right or wrong; it’s simply a matter of personal preference.

Think about convenience and comfort level.

Look for a gym or fitness studio near your home or on the way to the office where you can work out. It’s important to find a location that’s convenient, and where the atmosphere is pleasant, comfortable, and welcoming. This will enhance your chances of going regularly.

And remember, physical activity can take simple and modest forms, like bending down to tie your shoes instead of bringing your foot to a chair or standing on one foot to put on your socks instead of sitting down. It can be sitting on the floor instead of the couch to watch tv, read, or work.  It can be taking your dog for a walk or your children to the park. A 30-minute brisk walk every day may be all you need to keep yourself in shape.

Be experimental and find a routine you can nourish yourself with on a daily basis.

 

Marannie R.P. Bauer is Chief Director of Confidence for NLTN Holistic Personal Training, a Natural Movement Fitness studio offering Personal Training, Group Fitness, and Health Coaching in New Haven, CT.