Exercise is a key part of maintaining or improving your health & wellbeing. But what kind of exercise is best for your health & wellbeing? Here are three key questions you should ask yourself before embarking on your exercise journey.
Quite simply – if it brings you joy, you look forward to it, then it’s the right type of exercise for you! It’s likely this activity brings fond memories, good feelings when you’ve finished, allows you to connect with others, or simply allows you time by yourself to recharge. If you dread your planned exercise, its less likely you’ll commit to a routine.
2. Is it accessible and easy to get to?
Location is key. Your exercise routine needs to be handy to home or work. If it’s not, its less likely you’ll do it, especially if you have to do battle for a carpark when you get there! Affordabilty is also important. It needs to fit your budget and what you’re willing to pay, or when things get a little tight, it’ll be the first thing on your savings list.
3. Will it help you reach your goals?
First of all – define your reasons for exercise? Do you want to reduce stress, meet others, improve your physical body, reduce pain or improve sleep? Not all exercise will meet your goals, so when our time is tight, it’s important to choose the right exercise/activity that will serve your current purpose. Remember to review those goals regularly – we are human, we evolve and change, and so too will your activities.
The RecCentre is but one of many options on or surrounding campus where you can get your daily exercise fix. We recommend you try a gym/studio/group out before committing. Most will offer a free or low-cost trial week or fortnight (we offer 2 weeks free trial for UC and UCSA staff), so you can see if it’s the right fit for you. Did you know we also offer off-peak rates? Save even more on your membership, by training before 3pm each day – perfect if you like to exercise before work or during your lunchbreak!
If you’ve got any questions about exercise or the gym, get in touch! You can email email@example.com or chat with one of our team when you pop over.
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