Four Must Ask Questions When
Choosing Lisa A. Leonard,
A New Fitness Activity
There are many options to help you get in
shape and stay that way. Picking one becomes quite a challenge. To try to sort
them out, ask yourself these 4 basic questions to determine what kind of
activity might be most suitable to meet your fitness goals:
- Do you
want to participate in a fitness sport or fitness exercise you can
As a couple/partner?
With a group?
Some solo activities also can be
enjoyed with a group of companions, and some group activities also work for
solo trainers and couples. Here are some examples:
- Aerobics, running/jogging, in-line and ice skating, cycling,
swimming, kayaking, Alpine and cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, weight
- Couple/Partner - Tennis, cycling,
racquetball, hiking, martial arts, rock-climbing, weight training.
- Volleyball, baseball, snowshoeing, spinning class, flag football,
soccer, ice and roller hockey.
- Do you
prefer indoor or outdoor exercise?
Indoors - Dancing, weight training,
racquetball, elliptical training, and other gym activities.
Outdoors - Trail running, skiing,
cycling, softball, in-line skating.
Outdoors - Tennis, swimming, rock climbing, ice skating.
much risk are you comfortable with in sports?
Low risk - Tennis, dancing, walking,
High risk - Rock
climbing, kayaking, in-line skating, downhill skiing, snowboarding.
important are convenience and proximity to where you live or
Tennis, yoga, handball, dancing, walking, jogging, in-line skating,
swimming, bicycling, softball, climbing wall, indoor aerobic training.
Inconvenient - Rock climbing, skiing,
mountain biking, kayaking, trail running, surfing.
Lisa has been actively involved in the fitness profession since 1986. She
has certifications as a fitness instructor and personal trainer from the
Fitness Association of America and the American Council on Exercise.
interests: outdoor fitness, strength building, skiing, running, mountain
biking, free weights, golf and bodybuilding.