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If you’re looking to start a new exercise program, a variety of factors might get in the way. Maybe you hate going to the gym, or maybe you’re busy and can’t find the time to work out.
Fortunately, exercise doesn’t have to be rigid—it’s all about finding exercises that suit your personal traits, including your schedule and your comfort zones. Let’s look at some suggestions for getting proper fitness.
For People Who Hate the Gym
You can exercise anywhere, not just at the gym. Consider exercises like walking, biking or hiking, or try an outdoor exercise routine at a park or in your backyard. Exercises that you can do virtually anywhere include pushups, squats, squat jumps, crunches, and planks.
In addition, consider outdoor group classes, which can be found all over the country at parks and other public areas. You can also consider recreational sports leagues.
For Those Who Are Out of Shape
If you’re starting an exercise program from a place where you’re out of shape, it’s important to start slowly. A few suggestions include:
Group activities are great for getting in shape, especially for social butterflies. Dancing classes like Zumba are growing more and more popular, and many similar clubs or classes exist. These classes attract people with similar interests and goals, which can help you enjoy exercise and be more motivated.
Some people need help with basic pointers for exercise, and a personal trainer might be right for you here. A few benefits of personal trainers include:
Everyone is motivated differently, and some of us respond to tougher forms of motivation like being yelled at. If this is the case for you, a boot camp might be a good option—this is a program designed after basic training for armed services, and these classes are becoming more and more popular.
You can find relatively tame boot camps all the way up to programs that are pretty intense. All of them, however, offer training and direction in a group setting that is very big on motivation. You’ll also have peer pressure and competition motivating you to push yourself.
Some tips for fitting workouts into limited time schedules:
Not everyone needs a gym membership to exercise, and you can do this at home if you have the right tools and motivation. Consider simple exercises like squats, lunges, pushups, and others, and consider a few basic pieces of equipment in your homes like dumbbells, resistance bands or a stability ball. Also consider local recreation centers, which offer generally inexpensive fitness options that are usually far more affordable than private clubs.
If you’re looking for a challenge, take your current exercise to a new level. Set a bigger goal for yourself, then break it down into smaller and more realistic goals.
If you get bored with your exercise regularly, varying your routine is the best way to go. Try to cross-train as often as possible and change up your primary activity every six to eight weeks. Make sure to choose activities that are fun for you, and consider doing them with people you enjoy.
Your doctor can offer additional recommendations for staying active and healthy even if you have certain factors making this more difficult.
“Find the Best Workout for You.” WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/find-the-best-workout-for-you#1
“How to Choose the Right Workout for You.” Fitness Magazine. https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips/best-workout-for-you/
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.