Know your exercise preferences

Choosing an exercise activity, setting and people you enjoy being with make it much easier to exercise regularly and to create that all important exercise habit.

Right activity

What types of exercise do you like and dislike? Walking, cycling, weights, football or swimming? Think about what activities or sports you enjoyed playing as a child or used to play with mates. Are there any activities you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t got around to doing? If you’re having trouble generating some ideas, try our activity checklist to get started.

Right place

Do you prefer the outdoors, no matter the weather? Or are you more of an indoors person? Once you have a list of the activities you’d like to do, think about where are the best and most convenient places to do it? Remember, most activities can be completed indoors or outdoors e.g. a group exercise class in the park versus a class in the gym. Have a chat with your Exercise Physiologist about finding some venues or alternatives that work for you.

Right people

Solo, duos or teams? Who are the people you enjoy hanging out with and would like to get in on the exercise act? Get in touch with some of your friends and ask if they’d like to join you. You never know, they might have their own exercise goals and might also be looking for a buddy. Don’t be afraid to ask your ‘super-fit’ friends either. They can be a great source of encouragement, and your hard session might equal their recovery session, so you both still get something out of it.

Right time

Early bird or night owl? Before or after work? Exercise at a time you feel most mentally and physically ready. That way, you can exercise at your best mood and intensity. If your fatigue is high on certain days, then have a rest day.

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