Choosing Exercise

When it comes to getting in shape, the best exercise is the one you do. We have all seen the amazing bodies on the commercials for ‘Drive yourself to near death workout’ videos, and we all wish we could have one. But have you actually spent a few days trying to stay with those guys? If so, how long did you last.  A week? A month? 60 days?

We’ll bet good money that you never made it to the 90 day level. And then you feel guilty. Well don’t. You are not alone, we tried it and didn’t like it too. And so do a whole bunch of the people you see on the bus every day. They all tried and failed. So was it really a good workout to start with?  Not for you or me it wasn’t.

One of the hardest things to do when it comes to staying in shape is to find out just what it is that you will enjoy doing enough that you will stick with it. And when you are trying to find that thing, to not keep giving up when you fail. Move on to the next thing. It’s a process and each attempt is not a failure, it’s just another step towards your goal of becoming a life long healthy person.

sunset on the beachTo be honest, you don’t have to find the one thing. Who says you do? Remember, when people are talking about something they are passionate about they tend to be all or nothing folk. They present their idea as if it is the only right way to do something. And this is true for almost all of them. It’s yoga, or aerobics, or running, or climbing. Or whatever. But really, why does it have to be any one of those things?
Perhaps designing the ultimate workout routine and the ultimate schedule is ideal, but we suspect not. Anything that keeps you active is a good thing, and it might be that a mix of different things is the best thing. At least that is what we have come to believe. That’s why we are going to be buying a new cruiser bicycle as soon as we can decide on exactly which one we want.

We have long thought that a bicycle was a very good way to get exercise, it can be as hard or as easy as you want on a given day, which isn’t something that you can say about a lot of exercise routines.  It is also an enjoyable way to get outside and experience nature. That said, the days of riding along head down on a road racer are gone. Nowadays a part of the riding experience really has to be the ability to appreciate our surroundings when we are out on a ride.  And you really have a hard time doing that with a road bikes configuration.

So one of these hybrids seems like it will fit the bill well. Allowing riding on a variety of the same terrains and more, with the option of taking a break and experiencing the outdoors at the same time as we improve our health.

What more could you ask?