So I did that survey right? A lot of people had questions, ideas and suggestions for topics to be covered on the blog. I LOVE that. So to give them a space to live all of their own, I’ve started this little series. The Ask Suger series. It can be a question about confidence, about life, about health, food, fitness, clothing, style, shoes or anything in between. Just email me your question to melissa@sugercoatit.com, subject line ASK SUGER and we’ll go from there. Now, to week one, how to decide what type of exercise is for you.

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As I pulled up to the pool today I finally had an answer for a question. Amy had asked “how do you find an exercise that is right for you, so you get the best results and stick with it?”. The answer for me is variety. I like to mix things up. And I like to have work out buddies. People who keep me accountable. But for some people it’s all about working out alone. For others it’s hiking or something with a challenge element. Each of us an exercise style. You just have to work out which is yours.

Soooo I broke it down for you a little into type of exercisers and my hot tips for exercise that would suit them. Clearly I’m not an expert just a girl who loves this stuff. Consult your doctor or someone in the know if you have concerns. If everyone jumped off a bridge would you do it. Etc etc. Ready? Let’s go! {Said like the cheerleaders from Bring It On. Obviously!}The I’m with the Band.

If you fall into this category you love people. The more the merrier. Being around them enlivens you, makes you try harder and want to do better. You’re the group exerciser. The team sports type with a love of rallying the troops and working out together. Solo running isn’t going to work for you, you’d probably get bored and jog on home. Find a group and get started today.

Try;

  • Classes at your local gym
  • Team sports; Hockey, Soccer, Football etc etc
  • Bootcamps or group fitness challenges
  • Walking groups

The Up for a Challenge.

You like adventure. Your motto is “if it ain’t fun, I’m not doing it”. You like the adventure sports and being able to push yourself. A personal best is something to strive for and you find that it motivates you and pushes you to get out there when you really would rather stay in bed. If going somewhere, being outside or competing against yourself sound like fun to you, then you’re in the right place.

Try;

  • Rock climbing/Hiking/All things outdoorsy
  • Cycling
  • Half or Full Marathons
  • Crossfit
  • Anything that can be measured and beaten next time

The Zen-Master. 

If competition makes you break out in hives and you’d rather do anything other than attend a class called ‘Body Attack’ then perhaps you’re a zen-master. Low impact, quiet and focused on developing core strength, breathing and gentle fitness, the zen-master works well in groups but is just as happy working out alone. You may want to look for work out at home DVD’s or join a local club. But chances are you’ll make up your mind in your own time.

Try;

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Walking

The Rinse, Lather, Repeat. 

You like exercise that is repetitive. You like to master a skill and develop it as you improve your fitness along the way. Your worst case scenario would be asked to do something that you don’t know how to do in front of a group of strangers. You want to know what you are doing every day so you can get in and get out. You’re probably very busy and don’t really want to think about it.

Try;

  • A program developed for you at your local gym
  • One-on-one boxing
  • Running/Jogging/Walking
  • Swimming

The Lone Ranger.

You love the alone time that can come from the time you put aside to exercise. You’d rather spend this time focusing on the process or processing something from that full on life of yours. Other people just distract you and detract from the feel good vibes.

Try;

  • Hiking/Running/Jogging/Walking
  • Exercise DVD’s
  • Solo sports like archery, paddle boarding etc
  • Cycling

There you go my friends. My tips to finding a type of exercise that suits you. And if you’re still on the fence, confused or this has been a wee bit useless for you I recommend just getting started. Do a trial at a gym, start an off-season team sport {they’re usually shorter, less of a commitment}. Get out there and work out what suits you and what sort of exerciser you are.

Did you see yourself here? What type of exerciser are you?

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Got anymore questions about this topic or any of the others talked about on the blog shoot me an email at melissa@sugercoatit.com. Put ASK SUGER in the subject line so I know what it’s about and so does my spam file, the over zealous thing it is. I may just feature your email {I’ll ask first!} in an upcoming post. Worst case scenario I’ll answer your question or pass you on to someone who can. So it’s win/win really.