Nowadays you hear it everywhere: exercise, exercise, exercise! We’re not here to tell you how important it is to exercise, that’s a given, something we all should know and do; we want to help you choose the right workout for you so that you can get the best results you can get for your body type. We also know how busy everyone is these days, so we would like to help you choose the best time of the day when you can work out and reap the benefits. Whether you choose to work out in a gym – if you do, make sure you don’t do these mistakes at the gym – or in the comfort of your own home, read on and get inspired.

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Your Current Physical Condition

It makes sense to choose a workout regime that will help you get fit and not kill you doing it. We joke, but there’s some truth to that statement. The right workout for you should be something that represents a challenge, something not too easy and not too hard. For example if you’re not new to working out, and you want to do some cardio you should give Tae Bo a chance. It was created by Billy Blanks and it will make you work up a sweat and give you an awesome body and do great things for your heart! There are some great DVDs out there so you can invite Mr. Blanks in your home and have him guide you. But if you’re just starting out Pilates is perfect for you. It will improve your elasticity and also help you shed those extra pounds. We advise you to consult your physician before starting something, just to make sure you’re in perfect health and you’re not doing more harm than good.  The most important thing, no matter your current physical condition or weight is that you move! If you can, run! If you can’t run, walk! Walk everywhere: don’t use your car whenever possible, use the stairs and get up and walk around your office, everything helps.

Your Options

Billy Blanks and daughter

Well, your options are quite diverse, so give it a good thought before making a decision. As we mentioned before Tae Bo give great results and pretty fast, but you need to be just a tiny bit prepped for it. You can’t just go from couch to Tae Bo because you might feel overwhelmed and you will be tempted to quit. Taking it easy is the key!

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates as to help athletes who have had muscle injuries recover. It gained popularity among people who wanted to stay in shape and contour their bodies and nowadays it is one of the most popular and successful workouts. Anyone can start doing Pilates, you don’t need anything in particular, just a floor and a DVD. The interesting thing about Pilates is that the more you do it, the harder it gets – just the opposite of other workouts. This happens because as you progress, you learn to do the poses better, and the better you do them, the more action your muscles get!

Jogging

Jogging is, we believe, something everyone should do. Young or old, overweight or not, people should jog at least three times a week. Again, it is important that your doctor green lights your decision, but once they do that, you can start changing your life. Because that’s what jogging does! Before starting it is paramount that you buy the right shoes and changing them at least twice a year if you are an avid runner. The wrong shoes or worn out shoes can lead to muscle pain and even do some serious and permanent damage to your feet. Another tip is that you get a friend to jog with you, the motivation will be stronger. Jogging is not for a select few, but for everyone who is serious about getting healthy. You don’t have to be great at it, you don’t have to run a marathon, or get great times, you just need to run and you’ll feel the difference after your first session!

Remember, no matter what workout you choose to practice, you need to make it a routine, to incorporate it in your life, for you to see the results. That is the key with workouts: they need to become part of your life. Exercising is not just something you do from time to time, to feel a bit better about yourself and then go back to being a couch potato, it is supposed to be something you for the rest of your life. Choose the right workout for you and you will reap the benefits.

 

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