- Exercise & Fitness
Choosing a Workout
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What workout is best for you?
There are many benefits associated with regular exercise, the trick is picking a workout that you find interesting enough to be regular with.
Sure the weight will come down, the energy level and stamina will go up, the immunity will increase and agility will too. Although for all these benefits to kick in you have to be regular.
So how do you stay motivated month after month to make sure that you exercise? You pick your workout with care. So let's figure out what a workout should involve.
It must be possible to increase or decrease the intensity of the workout. It has to be tailored to a specific need such as weight loss, gaining muscle mass, or building up stamina.
Naturally it has to be a form of exercise, so depending on what goal you really want to achieve you mix about the different forms of exercise and come up with the ideal work out for you.
Here are the different forms that you can play around with. This is not an extensive list so feel free to add anything else that you prefer to the list. I mention these as they work best for me.
Nothing beats walking or jogging. Anyone can do it. It needs no special equipment except for a good pair of shoes. It is highly effective if you do it right. You can do it with no stamina levels at all and build up to a more demanding workout.
A lot of people with weak back muscles find that walking regularly tones up the muscles. Also if you alternate fast walking with slow you will burn more calories. Jogging is what you can eventually build up to. Although remember not to jog on hard surfaces as that hurts the eye muscles.
One advantage with cycling is the fact that you can do it outdoors in the open air or indoors on your stationary bike. So it is an exercise for all seasons. Plus it beats walking when it comes to burning off those calories.
Also is you can get a good group together a cycling expedition once a week is a great workout. It is more like fun than exercise. So you are more likely to do it as a social activity and get the benefits of a workout.
While it may not be very appealing in winter it has to be the best exercise workout that your body can get in summer. Its a full body workout. It keeps you out of the heat of the summer day and you have fun in the pool.
However if you want a good workout you must have a fixed number of laps in your routine. I usually feel that a minimum of four laps is a must in a half hour session for your body to really get some exercise. If you can manage more, even better.
If you love being outdoors this is a great workout. It helps improve your stamina and boosts your energy levels. If you have not given it a try before make sure that you go with some one who has experience of trekking.There are organized treks for beginners which are worth looking into.
However this may not be possible everyday, so what you need to do is mix up the different types of workouts so that you do some exercise each day. It will keep from boredom setting in and will be far more interesting than merely hitting the gym each day.
I would recommend something along these lines. On the weekdays try and get half an hour of walking or jogging done before you begin your work day. That way there is no pressure to exercise at the end of the day when you are tired and beat.
Then at the end of the day if you are in the mood for some more try cycling around for about half an hour. This can be a mood booster so if you have some stress to work through after the work day this is a great idea.
On the weekends try and plan out a special work out in advance such as a cycling expedition or a trek. That way you will have something to look forward to in a social nature which will also involve a workout.