Exercise is NOT good for you if you don’t enjoy it, so it stands to reason that the best exercises are the ones you enjoy!
This is me teaching a class a few years ago!
There is MUCH more to health and well-being than just forcing your body to do something it doesn’t want to. Never underestimate the power of simply FEELING good! A good fitness idea is the same as a good ‘normal’ idea – you should WANT to try it out to see if it works. If it doesn’t there is no limit on the amount of good ideas you can have in your life!
The Best Exercises are the Ones You Enjoy!
Don’t be afraid of fitness! Look down at your body right now – that’s yours! You OWN that! Professional athletes have a different kind of body. Models have a different kind of body. Nature makes some people stronger, faster, more agile, just as it makes some taller or slimmer. Those factors are NOT within your control. What is important is to know which factors ARE within your control and work to those. If you understand your own body, work it through its full range of motion, stretch and tone the muscles, then all the strength, speed and agility you will ever need will be there when you need it.
Stop Looking for the Perfect Exercises to Make You Look Perfect!
There is a big ‘body positive’ movement at them moment – basically love what you have. Great. Maybe you don’t expect to see that kind of response on a fitness website, but it IS great. You might do everything I have just said in the previous paragraph – you’ve increased your flexibility, your strength, your stamina, and you FEEL great – yet not look ANY different. So. What. All that proves is that you are a fully functional human being, fit and agile enough to do everything you want to in life. Your body is RIGHT. How you look is RIGHT. Everybody who says differently is WRONG, and you have my permission to either pity or ignore them!
Best Exercises For Me
I know what the best exercises are for me – Tai Chi, Chi Kung and bodyweight strength building exercises. How do I know these are the best workouts for me? Simple – I’ve tried an awful lot more, but these are the ones I enjoyed and kept coming back to. About 5 years ago I realised that I had found the exercises that worked for ME and focused on those. Even today, with around 30 exercise programs in my training file, I find myself going back to exercises I learned right at the beginning just because they make me immediately FEEL better. I associate them with the commitment I made and the journey I began.
The Daily Dozen is one of the first set of exercises I learned (and it took some deciphering!), and I’ve spent some time this year rewriting the near 100 year old text to hopefully make it more accessible to a 21st Century audience. It certainly deserves to be! Read more about that here: