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Choosing a Workout

Updated on June 9, 2011

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.

Walking

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.

Cycling

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.

Swimming

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.

Trekking

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.

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      Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Hy cashmere: exercise is so important. The rule I follow is 30 minutes every day doing exercise as a minumum. Gym, swimming, tennis, running. People do some of these, they will feel so much better! The body muscles have memory, they remember exercise and learn to love it. Great Hub!

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Awesome Hub! I personally am a runner but I HATE to exercise. Thankfully running is my hobby and what really clears my mind so I don't have to "workout". Very well written!

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      AlexK I know what you mean, but sports need more discipline too, while a workout is not subject to too much planning.

      Thanks Princessa, One of the workouts that i did not add in the hub was dancing. It felt like too informal a workout, but it is a good one if you do it regularly.

      Dear Fishtiger, that is the best way to get a really great workout. One keeps adding to the intensity of the workout.

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      fishtiger58 8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Great advice Cashmere, I started my exercise routine with walking and added cardio, and strength exercises as I got stronger.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      You managed to mention all my favourite sports. What I like the most about them is that they do not feel like a chore, it doesn't feel like "doing sports" they are fun to do and they are always different.

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      AlexK2009 8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Personally I would rather do a sport than workout, as I detest Gymnnasia. Sports are much more fun and much more social. Unluckily at present the weather is playing havoc with my training. It may be indoors but getting there and back can be hazardous

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Thanks Candie. the trouble is we just talk and don't workout enough! :) Wish there was some way to remedy that

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Great hub cashmere!! You can NEVER talk about exercising enough! Happy New Year my dear friend!

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