A majority of us tend to stick with one or two forms of exercise we like doing. I tend to do mainly HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) and weights. Others I know love running, cycling, swimming, lifting weights or simply doing press ups each morning.
There’s no right or wrong with these types of exercises.
However, you’re only as fit as the type of exercises you do.
I know this very well from my own experience and from training men, and women over the years.
As I say, I tend to do mainly HIIT workouts and lift weights because I love doing them, and I get great results. So, when I feel it’s time for me to incorporate some endurance running into my routine, the first session is a real struggle and it can seem as though I’m really unfit. My chest begins to burn, my legs feel heavy, negative chatter fills my mind and time goes by oh so slowly…arrgh!
When I introduce an exercise sequence to a client who has never done the exercise before, their first session or two is a real struggle. They can be really fit in the other forms of exercise they normally do, but now doing something different they feel really unfit.
Why is this?
Well, it’s easy for your body to get use to doing the thing you give it. When you constantly do the same type of exercise for months and even years that is what you are building your body up to get fit for. Change to another form of exercise your muscles, hormones and brain have to adapt to the new demands you place on your body, i.e., the new exercise.
Of course, other factors come into play when it comes to how fit you are, such as, the food you eat, stress levels, sleep patterns, etc.
So, when I felt my chest burning, legs feeling heavy, etc., on my run, I knew my body and brain were adapting to the new demand I was taking it through.
That is why I firmly believe you’re never too old to exercise.
Age is nothing, but a number.
It’s a matter of you doing the exercise and your body adapting to the demands placed on it, and your mind accommodating the change.
A gym friend of mine, in her 50s, said to me she wanted to tone up. She’s got a great figure and yes, she just need to tone up her muscles.
So, I took her through a little routine of using weights to tone up the bits she wanted toned up.
Though she was use to some of the weight exercises I gave her, I needed to correct her technique and increase her weights a little so she would achieve the results she desired.
At first she struggled, which for me, was to be expected, but she was so surprised. In her words she felt she was really unfit. I explained the process of her body and brain needing to adapt to accommodate the new exercises, and the new way in which she was performing them. Once she understood and did the exercise routine again, her mind began to accept the change, and it was clear to see that doing the exercises were getting a little easier.
So, the key is, if you desire to feel fitter in all areas of your life – fit to climb the stairs and not feel exhausted, fit to lift your children or pram easily and not strain your back, fit to run for the bus or train and not be out of breath, fit to walk and not feel tired, or simply to just look fit and toned – then it’s a matter of incorporating different types of exercises that will help you to feel fitter in every function of your life.
One type of exercise does not fit all.
Explore a range of exercises in line with what you want to achieve and go with the ones that will suit you, and your body.
Health Fitness Expert & Mind Body Coach.
I Want My Body Back.