Finding The Workout That Works For You

When you’re starting on the road to physical fitness sometimes the hardest step to take is the first one. Creating good habits and building a better you is never an easy task but it’s a worthy one with a lot of pay off. Once you’ve committed yourself to a lifestyle of physical fitness you’ve already one. The hardest thing you can do is begin this journey. Often times people quit trying to reach their goals or improve their physical well being because they can’t seem to find a plan or program that really works for them. A lot of times workouts or weight loss programs are viewed as a “one size fits all” scenario. In fact creating a workout plan, diet, and lifestyle is as unique as you are. Everyone starts off with different limitations, needs, goals, and abilities. That’s why it’s important to find workouts that work for you, not against you.

You may want to talk with your doctor about future workouts especially if you’re unwell or the workout is strenuous. This is a great way to get a feel for what’s doable and an idea of where you need to start. Of course there are plenty of low impact workouts that are great for people with muscle pains, joint discomfort, disabilities, or chronic illnesses. Low impact workouts reduce the amount of physical discomfort that one experiences when doing the exercise. Just because a workout is low impact does not mean that it isn’t effective. In fact here’s a list of low impact exercises that are still guaranteed to pack a punch;

  1. Walking
  2. Cycling
  3. Tai Chi
  4. Yoga
  5. Swimming
  6. Rollerblading

All of these exercises are fun and easy to do. Not to mention they require minimal equipment so you can work out right and save money at the same time!

Another way to stay on the right track with your workout regimen is to find an outdoor activity that actively engages you. If you’re genuinely interested in what you’re doing it’s a lot easier to do am I right? I mean the ultimate dream is to have a job that you love doing so that it doesn’t feel like a job. Think of the perfect outdoor hobby as a workout that you love so much that it doesn’t feel like a workout.  There are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from like rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and even barefoot water skiing. Finding the right outdoor activity for you will take time and experimentation. Of course some activities are more extreme than others and therefore are only for the truly brave at heart like barefoot water skiing for example! A wild sport that’s just as physically demanding as it is thrilling but don’t take my word for it. Check out this amazing Keith St. Onge video and meet the athlete. Let the pro tell you how it really is!

Essentially finding the right workout consists of knowing your limitations and setting proper goals. If you can do this, you can find your ideal workout. It’s also important to remember that expanding your horizons, branching out, and taking on new outdoor activities is a great way to keep yourself engaged and interested in continuing your physical fitness journey.