Your body is a temple and your avenue for existence. Have you decided to make it a priority instead of an option?
That part is the hardest: deciding to wake up and dedicate time to fitness and overall well-being. Once you’re in a place of mind to do that, the rest is easy.
Just kidding! You’re about to begin the best, but maybe hardest, personal journey yet. It’s the kind that is constantly developing and changing and growing with you. Welcome to a humble lifestyle, one where you discover that you have much to learn.
That’s a good thing. Your physical perseverance translates to mental strength, too. Working out has the ability to reduce stress, release feel-good endorphins, and even create new brain cells!
The best workout plan will be equal parts mental and physical, and entirely unique to you. Read on for our handy guide on how to choose.
Choosing the Best Workout Plan For Your Lifestyle
Are You a Rugged Outdoorsmen?
Do you love to travel in search of epic heights and rocky trails?
Well that’s gnarly! Don’t forget that Mother Nature can make for a great gym, free of monthly membership fees.
Depending on where you live, there are a number of activities you can do outside that both suit your visual pleasure and allow you to get physical. Apps like AllTrails have the largest selection of hikes, offering more than 50,000 trail maps for you to choose from.
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If you love the feel of granite beneath your fingers (or the idea of it), this one’s for you. A 2015 article studied that there were 436 climbing gyms in the United States and Canada alone.
Climbing fake rocks may seem silly, but when that V10 laughs in your face, you’ll be the one feeling silly (in the best way possible, of course). For those who live in areas where it’s miserably hot, or constantly rainy, this is your best bet.
If you’re lucky enough to live where the mountains are, you can climb real rocks! From top-roping to lead-climbing, to bouldering (harness-free), climbing offers a variety of options as unique as the person sending the route.
The rock-climbing nation has seriously grown since the nomad days of the early Yosemite Valley climbers. This sport involves balance, core and upper-body strength, mental hurdles, callouses, and then some.
Are You a Homebody?
Just because you don’t like going to the gym doesn’t mean you can’t work out.
If you’re like many people that hate the wandering glances at your local gym, find solace in knowing there are many a workout plan to suit you.
Using fitness equipment in the comfort of your garage or living room still aides in your physical betterment. From yoga mats to weights to cardio videos on YouTube, the options are limitless.
This is also for those who don’t necessarily have the time to get out of the house. You don’t have to sacrifice yourself because you’re too busy to drive somewhere for your workout. The best workout plan will make its way into your busy schedule and not the other way around.
Most gyms will advise you to try things at home, too. Just because you left doesn’t mean the workout ends until next time. Practicing at home will only make your next session that much better.
While you’re at home, whip yourself up a healthy meal of protein to help your body recover.
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Benefits of Yoga
Perhaps the best at-home exercise regimen involves just you and a mat (and maybe some yoga blocks).
Yoga has the ability to improve your flexibility and metabolism, all while improving your athletic performance in other areas. You’ll find that practicing yoga makes everything you do more fluid and balanced.
There’s a number of yoga styles to choose from, including Hatha, Hot Yoga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, and more. Research the style that best fits you, and you’re sure to find studios all over town that offer it. Your first class is just the first step in a lifelong practice of balance and breathing.
Invest in a mat; invest in your health.
Are You a Macho, Macho (Wo)man?
Did you just start to sing that to yourself?
Awesome. That can be a song on your get-motivated playlist.
If you love lifting heavy, making gains, and proving your strength, this one’s for you.
Crossfit is just what it sounds like – the crossing of multiple types of fitness, and the combination of strength exercises and stretching activities. It entails anything from interval training to Olympic weightlifting.
Not only is this form of exercise grueling, but it can be done in short intervals of time. Anywhere from 15-20 minutes of intense activity can get your heart racing and on its way to better health.
This sport forces you to do as much work as you can, truly pushing the limits of what is and isn’t possible. If you’re somebody who likes to test themselves, this workout plan is worth implementing into your weekly routine.
As always, take things slowly and carefully. You’ll want to be honest about your skill level to yourself and to instructors. Any injuries from overuse or incorrect positions will only set you two steps back.
The group setting of Crossfit is ideal for those who don’t mind classroom workouts and/or fellow peer motivation.
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Now That You’ve Chosen Your Workout Plan
It’s time to implement the routine into your daily life.
Remember that the more realistic you are about what you need – from schedule, to skill level, to surroundings – the more likely you will be stick with it. Every time you feel overwhelmed, come back to your intentions.
Feel free to do one, or all, of these plans. The key is to stay motivated, and what better way to do that than to keep your workout fresh? Maybe one day you can swim laps at the Y, and the next you can find your breath in a Hot Yoga classroom.
It’s all about balance and becoming a better you. Let us know how things are going! We could all use the motivation!