Everyone loves the notion of exercising for good health but few actually adhere to regular exercise. Come January and everyone has these fabulous goals for the year- one of them inevitably ends up being âlose weightâ or âget fitâ. But come March or maybe even February, most have given up on their goals and feel like losers- frustrated and angry with themselves. This is how gyms make their money. And this is how the cycle of ânever-exercisingâ continues! But despair not, you may be aiming for the wrong goal, choosing the wrong type of exercise and hence letting it go. If you find the right kind of exercise that would be fun for you, I bet you would be motivated to keep it up!
Exercise means different things for different people. Some love running; others find it boring. Some love lifting weight in the gym, others find it too much. Everyone has an exercise preference and this depends on your personality but also your muscle fibers. We all have a mix of type 1, type 2A and type 2B fibers. The proportion of each varies between individuals and also between muscles. Generally speaking, people with a larger proportion of type 1 muscle fibers tend to enjoy and be good at endurance type exercise such as walking, long distance running, cycling etc while those with a larger proportion of 2A muscle fibers enjoy strength and power type of exercise such as weight training, sprinting, etc. So if you have wondered why you enjoy something that your best friend or spouse finds boring, this is your answer. Instead of trying to do what everyone else is doing, ask yourself a few questions to determine the kind of exercise progrm you will look forward to and will stick with!
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