If you want to get the most out of your gym membership, you’ll need to find out what your long-term goals are. Everyone has their own motivation when they head to the gym but for most women, they want to lose weight or they want to manage their current weight. However, there are times when your motivations aren’t that simple. There are some who want to add more muscle while at the same time keep their flexibility and endurance. Whatever your fitness goals are, you should narrow it down as much as possible in order to find the right workout routine for you. Once you have determined your fitness goal, check out the list below to learn what workout is best for you.
If you want to lose or manage your weight, go for high intensity workouts. Although Zumba is considered to be a high intensity exercise, it is still one of the easiest to follow through. In this exercise, you’ll be working out your entire body. As a matter of fact, it has been proven to be more effective than step aerobics and cardio kickboxing.
Most people who are bound to their desks need to work on their flexibility since sitting for too long can cause tension on their neck and shoulders as well as cause pain in their lower back. Yoga or Pilates and weight training are useful when improving one’s flexibility.
Tone and Build Muscle. Based on a study that was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, it appears that resistance training is the best way to build muscle which makes exercises such as CrossFit to be truly effective. CrossFit training is found to be useful when it comes to building muscles while at the same time burning a huge amount of calories. You need to be familiar with the use of kettlebells and other equipment for this training before you try it out.
Endurance and Performance
If want to increase your endurance as well as performance try boxing. Here you’ll be doing various plyometric drills as well as quick punches that will not only tone and sculpt your arms but also strengthen your core and boost your reflexes. An hour of boxing can make you burn around 400 calories which isn’t bad.
This may be the last thing that you’re thinking of when you hit the gym but according to fitness experts, exercising is a good way to relieve stress. If you’re feeling burned out from all that office work, look for a class that offers relaxation and stretching. You can also do cardiovascular exercises such as rowing, biking, or running for 30 to 40 minutes to release the feel good hormones called endorphins so you’ll feel more relaxed and calm afterwards. Heat treatments such as saunas are also recommended to de-stress the body.
Knowing what your fitness goals are right from the start can help you in choosing the right workout program to follow. Narrow your objective as much as possible so you will be able to get the most out of your gym or home workout.
photo credit to:remakingjunecleaver