The world of exercise options is almost limitless. This could be the very problem you’re having now that you’ve committed to exercising regularly – where do you start and what should you try?

Before you get overwhelmed with the choices and opt instead for your armchair and the remote, take a step back from the menu and consider your personal situation, suggests Candy Corley, a certified personal trainer, health education, health coach and group exercise instructor.

Think about:

  • Your ultimate goal.
    • Weight control? Start with low- or non-impact aerobics for 30 minutes a day.
    • Building muscle strength? Try a program that uses free weights, weight machines, or calisthenics.
    • Improving your flexibility? Look into yoga or a stretching routine.
    • Stress relief?
  • Where you’ll be working out. Are you more comfortable at home or in a gym or health club? Home is more economical, but a club will have more options and equipment for your workout, as well as professional instructors to keep you motivated.
  • Your health. Talk to your primary care provider about your plans, especially if you are over 45 or have any health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of heart disease. He or she can help you choose an exercise plan that is appropriate.

“No matter your ultimate goal, exercise should be fun,” Corley continues. “Mixing up what you do and trying new things can keep it fresh and keep you motivated. Personally, I like spinning, boxing, lifting weights and long walks on a clear day.”

Mix your regular routine up by adding such things as:

  • Stand up paddleboard.
  • Yoga.
  • Mixed martial arts.
  • Training for a mud run.
  • Hiking.
  • Rock climbing (indoors or outdoors).
  • Dancing or Zumba.
  • Canoeing.
  • Roller blading.
  • Swimming.
  • Ice skating or rowing.

If you get bored alone, try a team or group sport like rugby, hockey, bowling, golf, or tennis. You can also try a group class in water aerobics or Pilates.

“Ask a colleague or friend what they like to do and even try a class with them. Most fitness centers will give members a free pass to bring a friend,” Corley says. “And try different things. You never know what you’re going to like doing until you try.”

Learn More

Many of these options are available at Healthtrax at the Care New England Wellness Center, which has a range of equipment, free weights, classes, racquetball and a pool. For more information, call (401) 732-2413.