It’s simple really. For some people, exercise is a recreational thing, golf, hiking, biking, and that’s what makes you happiest, then do that 3-5 times a week. It’s likely less about ‘looks’ and more about having daily interractive and fun activities to do. Cool!
For others, it might be a certain philosophy…perhaps pilates or yoga would suit you? You may love that full-out burn when you train, and you love a personal challenge…so perhaps Crossfit or Bootcamp would suit you.
Do you like the look of a Zumba dancer, a boxer, a ballernia? Is it a lifestyle you want to emulate (very important point if you want to stick with it.)
For me, since day one, I always enjoyed the art of shaping my body. I wanted to see it change year after year, and I wanted broader shoulders and a smaller butt (My goal in life!). I wanted it to stay strong and tight well into my fifties and beyond, so weight training was my exercise of choice.
At the end of the day, determine your deepest desires, and find someone who practices that practice. If you like ultimate shape and tone, or you like the look of the fitness gals in Oxygen magazine, then do weight training. If you prefer a softer approach, then try bootcamp or plyometrics or bodyweight exercise programs.
Find someone who you want to look like in body, and emulate in health and spriti, and ask them what they do for exercise (and how they eat). Then follow in their footsteps and stick with it, 3-5 days a week. Then do the work. (For me, it was women like Rachel McLish and Cory Everson who I watched transform their health and bodies for over 20 years, and they’re still going – Rachel’s now 53 years young (right)).
The world is your oyster…..