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How to decide what type of exercise is for you.


As I pulled up to the pool today, I finally had an answer to 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 want to have workout 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 challenging element—each of us has an exercise style. You have to work out which is yours.

So, I broke it down for you a little into the type of exercisers and my hot tips for exercise that would suit them. 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 the cheerleaders from Bring It On. Obviously!}


Then 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 working for you; you’d probably get bored and jog on home. Find a group and get started today.


  • 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 an adventure. Your motto is “if it ain’t fun, I’m not doing it”. You want adventure sports and being able to push yourself. A personal best is something to strive for; you find that it motivates you and makes you get out there when you 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.


  • 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 instead do anything other than attending 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 alone. You may want to look for workout at-home DVDs or join a local club. But chances are you’ll make up your mind in your own time.


  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Walking


The Rinse, Lather, Repeat

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


  • 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. Other people distract you and detract from the feel-good vibes.


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


There you go, my friends. My tips for 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 and start an off-season team sport {they’re usually shorter and 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 exercise are you?


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