Choosing your workout

Perhaps you’ve heard about the “fat” trend - more and more people are becoming overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle with little to no exercise and an inadequate diet. We often think about working out, only when we want to lose weight or get in shape quickly but the truth is, finding time for exercise is a pre-requisite for a healthy lifestyle.

The problem with so many people leading a sedentary lifestyle is that we focus too much on what we should do. When you think about working out, what’s the first things that comes to mind? Whether it’ll be sweating in the gym or going jogging, it’s usually something that’s unpleasant and exhausting. But exercising can actually be lots of fun - you just have to choose what works for you best.

Working out is all about engaging yourself in the process and doing something pleasurable, rather than something you “should” do. So, in order to find out what works best for you, you need to turn exercising into a hobby. If you like dancing, sign up for a salsa class. Feeling stressed or overwhelmed at work? Try some yoga or Pilates to strengthen your core. Choose the way you exercise, according to what makes you feel better - if you’re an energetic person, maybe jogging or boxing will suit your active nature best. If you prefer calmer, not-so-sweaty activities, try yoga.

The truth is, the only way you can incorporate exercise into your daily routine is by making it something you anticipate and look forward to. Include your girlfriends in your activities - go jogging together, or sign for a group class. Working out doesn’t mean you have to go home panting and sweating, and swearing off going to the gym forever. Instead, start experimenting with different activities and find the one that suits you best. Turn working out into your newest hobby and embrace your healthier lifestyle!

Om Namo Narayani,

Dr. Fiona