What’s the Best Workout for Me?

4 Sep

The best workout is the one that you will do!  Almost anything will work and provide results if you stick to it.  So, it’s important to pick something that is fun or exciting for yourself. 

Do you need motivation from others?  Get a workout buddy and schedule workouts together.  Or, you can do them yourself but check in with your friend and/or family and keep motivating each other.  When you make a goal public, there is more pressure (aka motivation) to stick to it. 

If you like following a teacher, try out classes at the gym or get some exercise videos.  I have never had a gym membership before, but I’ve relied a lot on workout videos.  A great website is collagevideo.com – they have 60-second previews of every video, and let you know the length, workout type, skill level, and equipment needed.  They also have reviews by customers which is very helpful.  Amazon.com is also great for customer reviews.  It’s a great way to take a look at what’s out there and find a good fit for you.  You can rent lots of them for free from the library.   You can also try exercise tv (free from time warner cable) or good ol’ youtube. 

Are you a morning person?  Does your day get so crazy you can’t even think about exercising once it gets started?  Then workout in the morning, and you will feel so much better during the day.  Some people prefer to workout in the afternoon or at night – go for it!  There are theories that certain times are better than others – the absolute best time to workout is the time that you will do it!  Schedule it into your day so you are prepared for it, because it’s too easy to make excuses and skip it.  Be selfish and get it done – you are not only helping yourself, but making a healthier mommy for your kids, sexxier wife for your hubby or special someone, and setting the ultimate example for your kids. 

Personally, I love to work out at home when I do strength training.  I have adjustable weights (barbell and dumbells) as well as a step, ankle weights, and a yoga mat.  However, I like to do my cardio outdoors.  I will go to the track and do interval training where I alternate sprinting and walking.  Or I will do hill sprints up the sand dune.  Lately, I’ve been walking trails at the park with my family and our dog.  No matter how stressful my day was at work, I always feel refreshed and rejuvenated after a nice walk outdoors. 🙂

It’s important to do strength training (working your muscles, using resistance or bodyweight), cardio (working your heart and improving endurance), and stretching.  But how you do them is up to you, and only you know the best way to motivate yourself and keep it going.  Make sure you use good form and get enough rest.  Consistency is key. 

You should reward yourself based on your efforts, not your results.  If you are not getting the results you desire, then try switching it up and/or working harder.  The body likes to be in a state of homeostasis, or standing still, so it will not improve of you don’t continue to push it further.  That’s why it’s good to switch up your workout routine every 4-6 weeks, whether it’s by adding more reps or sets, increasing resistance, switching up the exercises, going longer distances, etc.  Try something new; you might surprise yourself.  Good luck and keep pushing that sexy body of yours!!!

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