Which Exercise is Best for You? Picking a form of exercise to help maintain a healthy life style can be very over whelming when considering all the options. If you have joined a gym I am sure they gave you a list of classes and told you they were all really good. It’s important to decide what your focus is for your fitness and health when picking a class. Do you just want to burn as many calories as possible? Do you need low impact? Do you want to build strength? Which exercise is best for me? These are probably just a few of the questions running through your mind?
Always be sure to clear any exercise with your doctor or if you have known restrictions check with the instructor or staff member to ensure the workout will be suitable for you to do and enjoy. This post is not intended as medical advice. Content is from our real life experiences and again please clear any physical activity with a physician before starting any exercise routine.
Which exercise is best for you?
Here are a few of our favorite forms of exercise available in the gym or on your own.
Different Forms of Exercise:
Zumba ** This is a fun and fast paced class that is great for beginners to advanced. IF you don’t know what Zumba is it’s basically a dance class with workouts in it. The music is upbeat and will make you want to move. Most Zumba instructors will tell you to just jump in and move around while copying their moves. Zumba is a high calorie burning class that really gets your heart rate up. You need no extra equipment to take part in Zumba, except good shoes.
Cycling ** This is another high calorie burning work out that is a bit lower impact. The instructor will have a music that plays during the class and will challenge you the whole time to challenge yourself. If in doubt ask the gym or instructor to try out the bikes before a class so you can decide if it’s something that you will enjoy and stick to.
Classes That Focus On Your Abs ** This is amazing for strengthening your core and of course helping your waistline out at the same time. Most classes will require a yoga mat if the gym doesn’t have them available for use. This can be a low impact work out as well for those who have impact restrictions.
Yoga Or Hot Yoga ** Building balance and stretching your muscles with yoga is always important for any workout routine. There are almost no restrictions beside what you can feel with your body during the yoga class. Most classes will require a yoga mat and socks for participation. Hot Yoga is done in a specialized studio with the heat cranked up to help you sweat and burn more calories while doing yoga. Be sure to up your water intake to balance out your sweat output.
Aerobics ** Can be very similar to Zumba with less dancing. A lot of gyms offer aerobic classes with weights as a strength training work out. You can also look for water aerobics if your gym has a pool for a nice low impact workout. Most pools will offer ankle or hand weights to add to the class and to help increase your heart rate.
Running And Walking** These both require no gym membership and can be done almost anywhere. Be sure to keep walking shoes with you so any time you can grab a couple miles you have the right footwear. A great app to build up to running is C25K that will work you through running and walking intervals to build up to running a 5k or 3.1 miles without stopping.
Finding a gym buddy or friend to help you get up and moving will be a big motivator. Whether you join a gym or workout at home with DVDs or YouTube Videos, make sure you have fun! Eat less and move more to maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle.
Which exercise is best for you?