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Finding the right workout for you

Updated on December 6, 2016

Which is for me?

Which work out do I do?

When you are trying to lose weight, dieting and eating right are not the only thing you have to worry about. Finding an exercise that not only burns fat, but one that you enjoy and will actually do is a must. So how do you know which is right for you? It all starts with examining yourself, your likes, dislikes and most of all, your comfort zone.

Gym: Friend or Foe?

To Gym or not to Gym?

To find out if joining a gym is right for you, which of these scenarios fits you?

Scenario One: You are at the gym, the first day of your membership. You are excited and you hop up onto a treadmill. There are loads of strangers around you, all working out hard and looking good. You start to jog and immediately realize that you are not doing as well or looking as good as the others, which makes you even more determined to do your full planned workout and keep coming back until you reach your goal.

Scenario Two: You jog, a little sloppily and then slow down to a walk because you just aren't quite ready for jogging, but you will be. You listen to your music, or watch the TV and are oblivious to everything and everyone around you. There is a job to be done, and nothing is going to deter you from doing it. You finish your workout, going from one to the other and just getting it done, no distractions. You leave and are ready for your next day so that you can focus.

Scenario Three: You go to the gym, and when you walk in you see all of these other people. They all look like they know what they are doing! What do they do, live here? You are immediately intimidated, but you bought the membership, so here you go. You get up on the treadmill, and start to jog. Suddenly you are painfully aware of your stomach flapping and breasts flopping. You slow down. Not because you can't jog, but because you feel that you can't tame the fat and your breasts are unstoppable. You finish your workout, but you spend a lot of time procrastinating so that you are never around many people. When you leave, you are already dreading having to come back.

Scenario Four: You get the membership, you have decided that you will go everyday, or at least most days, unless your week gets busy then a day or so, but the holidays may make it hard, so you might skip those weeks. Day one you get up, get dressed and you are out the door. You walk in, and you are excited. You start the treadmill and decide to do 20 minutes, you see the recumbent bike and watch a woman killing it. She gets off and so you stop the treadmill at 5 minutes and start the recumbent bike. While on the bike you start thinking about how your abs need work, so you get off and do crunches. After 30 minutes, a pretty good workout time, you have done a little of everything. As you leave, you think about your week and when you are going to come back, and you aren't sure if you will have time, so you will go if you feel like it.

Obviously, if you fit into scenario one and/or two, then if you feel like getting a gym membership you should be fine. If you are scenario three and/or four, then it might not be the best idea. I myself, am scenario three and four. But just because you can't go to the gym, doesn't mean you can't get a good workout. Also, you don't need to buy a lot of equipment if you don't want to.

Home is where the gym is, or can be

There are many activities that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Not only that, there are many activities that you can do with injuries and medical conditions.

For The Goofballs:

Are you a little silly and like to have fun? Then maybe dancing is a good cardio for you. There are many options when it comes to dancing. On YouTube there are a variety of good cardio dance workouts you can follow if you like more structured activities. Or you can just put some music on and let yourself loose. Who cares about good or bad, actual dance moves or if your neighbors think you are having an attack of some kind. Get your heart rate up and have fun.

For The Rule Followers:

There are many DVD's and Xbox programs of cardio workouts. Anything from Zumba to kickboxing. If you aren't sure exactly which kind you would want, go online and do a search to get a taste of what is out there. Experiment a little and find out which makes you feel good and pumped.

For The Rocky's:

So maybe you aren't going to be in a boxing ring anytime soon, but you like the idea that you could be kicking butt and taking names if you had to. Try shadow boxing for the free spirited among you, or get a kickboxing video. If you really want to take it to the next and serious level, get a punching bag and pretend it's someone who is trying to attack you. Get your frustrations out by punching and kicking an inanimate object, just don't forget to breath and take breaks.

For The Injured:

If you have an injury or illness that makes impact painful, maybe get a recumbent bike. This is a good way to get your heart rate up, sweat flowing with low impact on your joints. Also great if you have balance issues because getting on and off is almost like getting on and off a chair.

If you fall into more than one of these categories mix it up a bit, be a dancer one day, and a boxer the next. This will ensure that you have variety and don't get bored of your workout.

It is also a good idea to mix things up within your own niche, so that your body doesn't get used to using the same muscles in the same way.

The beauty of differences

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To Each Their Own

The main objective is to find what works for you. Just because you think it should be right, doesn't mean it will. I have this picture in my head, I am slim and jogging along the streets with a band around my arm that is holding my phone. The earphones in my ears are playing upbeat music and I am about to reach 10 miles when I come around the corner to my house, I keep going deciding to go for 15 miles.

But this is just a dream. Every time I decide that I am going to start power walking in the morning every single day, working up to a jog, I sit on the couch in the morning, drinking coffee thinking that I should go out for my power walk and decide, i'll start tomorrow.

If something doesn't pan out, don't stress. What sticks for one may not stick for another. Try some things out and find out what infects your mind. Which things you look forward to doing. The activities that you actively try to fit into you day once, twice or maybe even three times a day. The frequency and length are up to you. Anything more is better than what you are doing now. You don't have to start with an hour everyday, but make that your goal if you want to.

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