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Choosing a Workout and Getting Results

Updated on April 15, 2010

Exercise Ala Carte

Really? Finding the right workout might seem more like picking an outfit for a special day. You want just the right look at the right price that makes you look great! Which one is best for you? Which one is the perfect fit? First you will have to assess your own goals and expectations.

Do you want rock hard abs, cardio fitness, a tight butt, lean muscle tone with great legs, weight loss, general fitness, or to look like the Incredible Hulk? All of these are possibilities, but you will have to be realistic about what you want and what you can reasonably achieve. There are too numerous to count workout programs available to ignite your efforts. If you want to target certain parts of your body, you may want to choose a workout just for that. If you want general fitness then you will need an overall program that addresses a total body workout. Some people are involved in athletics like cycling, basketball, swimming, and baseball. That is very good for keeping fit. Those who are not as active in sports, including everyday people to the rich and famous, need not leave workouts to chance. They still need exercise, and working out can be just the thing to stay fit and healthier. You can workout either in a gym or at home. Any exercise is better than none. Most people will see benefit with as little as 10-30 minutes a day or at least 2 to 3 times a week. While others choose to work out for hours, you don't have to exercise that long to get real benefits.

Hit The Gym or Get a Workout at Home

You will have to decide whether you want to go to a gym for workouts or do your workouts at home. Obviously, the biggest perks to a home work out are the savings and having to go nowhere to do it. By comparison, if you choose a gym membership, some of the perks might include state-of-the-art equipment, perhaps a personal trainer, and child care services on the premises. The downside would be time in getting there, expense of membership, and the length of commitment for membership. Knowing that up front, you may want to get a trial membership first to make sure you are happy with your selection before making a long-term commitment. If you have a gym associated with your employer, it is usually much cheaper. The only downside to that is you might really want to be getting away from there at the end of your 9 to 5.

Now that you have made your mind up about what results you want and where you will work out, let's look at some options. For this, I went to Exercise Site where you will find different plans for different goals, along with tips for success. For instance, I chose dance workouts because they are fun and I am much more likely to stick with something I enjoy. The note was made there that if you choose a dance workout and want ab results, the routine will have to be high energy, dynamic, and have big total body movements. Otherwise, I will have lots of fun but burn very few calories. Hey, I want every step to count towards my goals and results. I am sure you do too. It suggested DVDs like Cardio Samba, Cardioke by Billy Blanks, Jr., and So You Think You Can Dance: Cardio Funk. I worked out with the latter for 20 minutes and can see what meant by having those 3 elements for best results to abs.

If you would not enjoy such high intensity in your workout routine, you can pick something else. Keep scrolling until you find one you like. Also, you can go to on the fitness section and choose one of their exercise workout to suit your particular interest and get free downloads that to your iPod or iphone for just registering at their site. Then you can exercise anywhere to your favorite workout music. The point is to choose something you like to do. Otherwise, you are doomed to fail simply because we just don't like to participate in things we hate. Also, make sure it fits into your current situation. In other words, it has to be convenient. Let's face it. No matter how great that gym is, if it's on the other side of town, you are exhausted from a 10-hour work day, including commute, and you have all the demands of home tapping you on your shoulder, your gym membership will sink faster than the Titanic and your money along with it. My thing is to keep it simple and enjoy it! Even when we are super busy, which could be often, we can just get a little fitness on the fly! Some popular workouts are very short routines. This is a good thing! Just keep it moving!

No Excuses Here! Just Action!

If you are not working out, you can make all the excuses you want for why you don't, but you, me, or anybody else in denial, are just 5 easy steps away from choosing a great workout, getting your butt in gear, and obtaining the results you want:

1) Keep it Simple. Unrealistic goals lead to disappointment. You can tweak your challenges as you become more fit.

2) Be Balanced. Choose a workout that meets your needs. You have to be able to get it into your day at least 3 times per week for best benefits. A note of caution here is that too strenuous workouts too often can actually be more harm than good.

3) Stay Motivated. Ask a friend to workout with you or at least have entertaining music on DVD or you Ipod to keep enthusiasm high.

4) Keep a Positive Attitude. So what if you miss a workout or 2. Things happen. Get back on track. It's funny how easily we feel like quitting a workout routine if we miss a few, but we would never feel that way about our meals. Don't Give Up!

5) Enjoy the Benefits of Your Workout by Feeling Fit and Having a Better Body!

This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as endorsement for any exercise program or fitness routine. Also, it has been recommended that no exercise program be undertaken without the guidance of a physician.


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    • Cassidella profile image

      Cassidella 6 years ago

      That's great! Hope you will be able to keep up with your new routine Denise. With fall coming soon, I would like to ride bike more, maybe even a short-distance bike tour--no Tour De France here:) Just trying to keep it moving! Thanks for your visit!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I've just recently been working out with intensity and motivation. No matter what program you choose if you aren't motivated it won't work-you have to be interested enough to keep at it...I know this from experience, LOL

      Great hub. Lots of useful info here and I like the layout. Thanks for the videos too-very helpful.

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      Cassidella 7 years ago

      Thanks Pamela.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great hub with lots of suggestions, especially for those that don't mind working hard for for that toned look.