The right kind of fitness for you
Hello everyone! This is my first guest post ever and I am excited that Amie shares it with you!
When it comes to fitness, a lot of people have their own opinions on what you should do and what you shouldn’t do. Lately, some friends told me: “To get fit, go to the gym or buy some weights and do weight training mixed with cardio. Leave out those stupid fitness courses where you dance around the room.” A very strong opinion on what is right and what is wrong fitness-wise, isn’t it? And a rather stupid one as well. How can somebody else decide for me whether I visit a fitness course or sports club – or if I lift weights and run?
They can’t. Simple as that.
As a child, I hated running and I hated lifting. What I liked was soccer, so I joined a sports club. Of course, if you’re not a professional you might not get as strong with it like with lifting. You also won’t become a marathon runner, because soccer players mix running and walking a lot. Should you care about that? No, because those goals might not be yours.
I stopped playing soccer a few years ago because I didn’t have the time anymore to do it. The next club was miles away and for a girl without a car or motorcycle that’s a great expenditure of time. I got involved in other fitness courses like dancing, Zumba, weight lifting courses, martial arts and recently again: dancing.
When I was 17 I started running. One or two years later, I got involved with lifting as well. I have seen those kinds of fitness as well as the courses or clubs – and I see how one or another might not be the right thing for everyone.
Fitness courses are mostly scheduled. Maybe, you have to go there every Wednesday or even more than once per week. This has a big advantage: You paid for it and you will go there most of the time because of it. Also, you could find some friends there that motivate you even more to get your program done. If it’s a team sport, your presence can even decide about your success within the team: in a soccer team, maybe you’re not allowed to play in the games on the weekends when you haven’t attended training in weeks.
For me, fitness courses also have disadvantages: If you’re not feeling well (and some people aren’t feeling well on a regular basis) that day you’re going to miss out on stuff you might learn like choreographies. Also, you will miss a lot of the sessions: the way to the course and back. Not everyone has a gym, dance studio or his or her sports club right in front of their house.
Here you can find the advantages of working out alone: Running and lifting can be done at and around your very own house. You don’t have to go anywhere. You can work with your bodyweight or with dumbbells if you have some if you want to lift. You can step out the house and run if you want to run. The disadvantage is that you have to motivate yourself. There’s no one else to rely on you, no one else who will push you. It’s easy to say “oh no, it’s raining” when you were about to go for a run. Then, you might stay at home and sit in front of the TV instead of running.
How to choose the right kind of fitness
It’s not always easy to find the thing you want to do. I tried a lot and in the end, I tend to go back to running and lifting mixed up with activities like ping-pong, pedal boats, biking – and every now and then, I am trying a sports club or fitness course hoping that it’ll be fun. I would lie if I said that those courses aren’t fun, but for me it’s hard to get the motivation to go there when it’s not right next to my house and also, I am not good at finding new friends quickly, so I always need time to get in touch with other people in the courses. For me, that’s exhausting, especially when other people won’t help with the conversation part, and probably that’s the reason why I never stayed with such a course for a long time.
I only can give you the advice to try the things that you’re interested in. Try lifting, dancing, Zumba, spin classes, running, biking, squash or whatever it is that you could imagine you doing. If you’re having enough fun you will stay with it – I promise. No matter if it’s a course or your at-home-workout. Don’t let people tell you, what’s right for you, because they don’t know what is. The only person who knows is you.
Also, listen to your goals! You want to be more relaxed? Try yoga. You want to build muscle mass? Try lifting weights. You want to run a marathon? Run. You want to have a fun workout with great beats? Dance. Thinking about what you want give you an idea of what is right for you. And for what you really want, problems like the distance to the gym isn’t a problem as big anymore …
By the way, the next thing I’ll probably try is tennis.