5 Fitness Truths That Will Change the Way You Think About Exercise

Five important things you need to know about fitness

Running is all you need. HIIT is the only effective workout. If you want to get fit, you have to strength train. Soul Cycle is God!

There are so many different fitness trends happening all at once; it’s hard to keep up! Boutique studios are taking over, CrossFit is still going strong, runners are still running, and yogis are still yogi-ing. So which type of fitness is the right type of fitness?

Truth is, there is no right way or wrong way to get fit, but there are some overall truths when it comes to fitness. So I bequeath to you, oh curious fitness fanatic, my top five fitness truths (cue drum roll and curtain raise).

1. Fitness should be fun.
If it’s not fun, you’re not going to want to do it. If you don’t like running, why the heck would you run? It will just seem like torture and you aren’t likely to stick with it. Keep trying new things until you find the thing that is fun, exhilarating, and that will get you off the couch and sweating!

2. You have to mix it up.
When you do find that thing you love, be sure to find ways to mix up your routine. If you do the same exact Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD (great workout if you’re looking for something new – Level 1 is free on YouTube right now!) day in and day out, eventually your body will adjust and you’ll stop seeing results. Mix it up to throw your body a little curve-ball and prevent mental boredom. Plus, you know... There’s only so much Jillian one can take. 

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3. Fitness is different for everyone.
Some people like CrossFit. Some people like yoga. For some, fitness is using a lunch break to get in some extra steps. Some people like big muscles, some people like a lean physique, some people enjoy having a healthy heart and nutrition levels no matter what they look like. We all look different, we all sweat differently and we can all be fit and healthy. 

4. Fitness isn’t just sweating.
You can work out as much as you want, but if you aren’t healthy in the kitchen, odds are all that sweating won’t make a huge difference. You have to fuel your body properly to keep your heart, body and mind fit as a fiddle. 

5. Fitness is empowering!
Achieving a fit goal—whether it’s eating well for a week, kicking your Fitbit’s ass, running a 5k or winning a CrossFit competition—is a powerful thing. The feeling of accomplishing something that is truly good for you can push you to make more healthy choices, work toward even more goals, and inspire others around you to do the same! 

So get out there and try it all. Your favorite way to stay fit is the best way to stay fit, even if your favorite way to stay fit changes every week!

This story first appeared on FifulFocus.com