3 Things to Consider When Choosing New Fitness

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Decisions, decisions, decisions.

The world is full of them.

If you’ve been reading along, last week we encouraged you to explore your fitness interests. Get up and see what’s out there and find something you enjoy! What did you discover?

Trying to make a decision on starting a new fitness routine or adding to a current one can be difficult. There are so many things to consider, the task can be quite overwhelming. Sometimes you may even throw up your hands and say forget it. You tend to stick with what works, therefore not challenging yourself to become better and climb out of your comfort zone.

Fun can also be hard work. Worth it.

Fun can also be hard work. Worth it.

It needs to work for YOU.

In order to have a successful fitness life, it all needs to work for YOU. We all have different obstacles and time constraints. What may work for a friend, may not work for you. And that’s okay.

We hope that, over the past week, you tried a couple activities and actually found one or maybe two that you like. How do you decide what to do?

Time

The first thing to consider is time. Can it fit into your schedule? In order to be successful, you need to be consistent. If it’s a group activity on a structured schedule, you will need to be able to abide by class times. Can you do that? Keep in mind travel times, changing into the proper attire, assembling gear, and the actual length of time the activity will take.

The devil's in the details.

The devil’s in the details.

Resources

Second, consider the resources needed. Are there any fees associated with the activity? Can you afford them? Do you need specific gear or equipment? Do you have the proper space to store it when not in use? Some items like kayaks, surfboards or home gym equipment can require a lot of space.

Do your research. If you do need gear, find out where to buy it. Check around for the best deals. If there are fees associated, check to see if there are discounts available. If you are lacking space, look for portable items. When it comes to small personal watercraft, look into inflatables. Read blogs, reviews, and of course ask questions. The more informed you are, the more prepared you will be. (There’s also something to be said for being immersed in the information.)

Fit

Thirdly, if you have a current fitness regimen, how does the new activity fit in? Does it compliment or inhibit what you’re already doing? Does it improve any weaknesses or strengths?

Like a pig in mud. Knock yourself out. Have fun.

Like a pig in mud. Knock yourself out. Have fun.

Enjoy it!

Last but definitely not least, is this an activity you REALLY enjoy? Being active takes work. Sometimes the activity can have more setup/teardown work than you desire, making it less enjoyable. Will you like the structure of the activity? Will you like doing it with other people? Doing it by yourself? These things all carry different weight with each of us. You know yourself best, so you have to consider these questions.

Do it for YOU!

It’s time to take action! If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This is your life. This is your mind & body. This is YOU. Do this for YOU. Make it your time. Do something YOU enjoy.

Let us know what you decided to do. Leave us a comment! We’d love to hear from you!

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