We’re now far enough into the New Year that the shiny fun newness of those weight loss resolutions have worn off. Maybe you just aren’t seeing the results you had hoped for by now? If so, there’s a good chance you aren’t doing the right kind of exercise.
So what is the right type of exercise for moms to lose weight? There is a TON of contradicting info out there about things like high intensity interval training (HIIT), lifting, yoga, running… It seems like if you search a type of exercise you can find one article saying that it’s the best for weight loss and another saying it’s the worst. Most studies do agree on one thing, however, and it’s pretty conclusive. The best type of exercise for sustainable weight loss is (drumroll please)…
Exercise you actually like doing!
If your workouts are miserable your odds of sticking with them are the same as those of your kids doing all their chores every day without any reminders or complaining. If you have fun during your workouts you’ll probably return for more!
The trouble is, most of us don’t have any idea what type of exercise we enjoy. Working out has been framed so much as something we “should do” or “have to do” that we’ve forgotten the joy in movement! So try thinking about what you like to do for fun. (Or at least what you liked to do before you had kids. ‘Cause alas there are no effective sleep based workout programs.Trust me, I’ve looked.)
Do weekends find you tearing up the dance floor? Check out Zumba or another dance based exercise program. Play video games? You’ve probably heard of some of the major video game systems’ fitness programs but there are apps that turn fitness into a video game too. There’s even a running app where you play a zombie survival game!
Think about what you enjoyed doing after school and on weekends when you were a kid. Were you roaming the neighborhood on your bike? Try biking or a spin class. There are even bicycle rental places near some of our gorgeous Tampa Bay trails. Were you always on the jungle gym? Maybe a climbing gym or aerial yoga is right for you. Are you a mermaid at heart? Find a lap pool or aqua fitness class. Do you miss playing sports? If so, check for any adult leagues in your area.
Another way to think about it is to consider whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. If you’re craving some alone time you could try solo workouts like running or strength training. Needing some time with other grownups? Give group fitness a shot. You can even combine them. An extrovert who enjoys running could join a running group. An introvert who wants to try group fitness could get into DVD or streaming fitness programs. Whatever it is, have fun! If it isn’t fun, then try something else. Lots of local gyms and fitness centers offer introductory prices or free weeks so you can try something out without commitment.
Make fitness something you have fun doing and chances are you won’t just lose weight, you’ll keep it off too!