Was your New Year’s resolution to work out more? And now you find yourself falling short of your goals? The first step in working out more often is to find a fitness routine that will work for you and that you’ll actually enjoy! I’ve found some tips and ideas that work for me and will hopefully help you find activities that will fit your lifestyle.
What is your Schedule?
When is the best time for you to exercise? If it is first thing in the morning, consider attending an early-morning spin or yoga class. Not only are these great ways to start your day, but by signing up for a class, you will be less likely to hit the snooze button. Between our jobs, keeping up with our home, the kids, our spouse, and our leisure activities life can get complicated.
Is lunch time your best option? In this case, consider taking up running or power walking. These exercises give you the best cardiovascular workout for your limited time frame.
If the evening is best for you, activities that require little thought at the end of a long day may be most appropriate. Consider swimming, cycling, using the elliptical machine, or running.
What is your Body Type?
Alternatively, if you want to determine the best fitness routine for you from a more scientific perspective, first consider your body type. More specifically, are you an ecto-, endo-, or mesomorph?
An ectomorph is someone with a fast metabolism, naturally low percentage of body fat, with long arms and legs. Ectomorphs thrive on activities such as running, yoga, and cycling.
A mesomorph is built for strength, and will naturally have a lot of muscle mass. These people excel in group sports such as soccer and basketball, as well as weight lifting.
An endomorph will be a jack-of-all-trades in the athletic community. Physically, they tend to carry more weight and less muscle but have no true athletic weaknesses. Activities such as cross fit are great for endomorphs.
Are you Social?
One other consideration in determining the best fitness routine for your needs is whether or not you are social. Does chatting with friends provide motivation to get moving, or do you tend to be in the zone when you exercise? For social butterflies, consider classes such as water aerobics, Zumba, a dance class, or joining a running club. If you prefer to keep to yourself, swimming, cycling, running, or weight lifting might be best.
Ultimately, the keys to sticking with a routine are to find something you enjoy. The two most important factors are finding the time to exercise, as well as something that makes you happy. With these tips, you are sure to find the best routine for your needs!