Options for Enhancing Your Fitness

There are so many options to help you get in shape and stay that way that sorting through the choices becomes a challenge. To try to sort them out, ask yourself some basic questions to determine what kind of activity might be most suitable:

♦ Do you want a sport or exercise you can do by yourself, as part of a twosome, or with a group? Some solo activities also can be enjoyed with a group of companions, and some group activities also work for lone eagles and couples. These are just examples, not rigid rules:

Solo. Aerobics, running and jogging, in-line and ice skating, bicycling, swimming, kayaking, Alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, swimming

Twosome. Tennis, badminton, tandem cycling, racquetball, fencing, martial arts, rock climbing

Group. Volleyball, softball, snowshoeing, Ultimate Frisbee, touch football, soccer, ice and roller hockey

♦ Do you prefer indoor or outdoor activities?

Indoors. Dancing, squash, racquetball, aerobics, and other gym activities

Outdoors. Trail running, skiing, bicycling, softball, skiing, in-line skating

Indoors or Outdoors. Tennis, swimming, rock climbing, ice skating

♦ How much risk, or perceived risk, are you comfortable with in sports?

Low. Tennis, dancing, walking, jogging, aerobics

High. Rock climbing, kayaking, in-line skating, downhill skiing, snowboarding

♦ How important are convenience and proximity, especially if you live in a city or a suburb?

Convenient. Tennis, racquetball, handball, dancing, walking, jogging, in-line skating, swimming, bicycling, softball, climbing in a gym, aerobics

Inconvenient. Rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, kayaking