How to Find Your Ideal Workout

Have you ever wondered why some people seemed to have discovered the secret, magical, miracle workout while you seem to be sweating in the same whirlpool of mundane exercise failures? Do you find yourself getting bored by workouts, feeling unmotivated, or even that your workouts are ineffective? It’s not all in your head. But you are probably doing the wrong kind of workout.

Every single body is different. Your friend might thrive on the high cardio intensity of running, but it just may not work for you. You may feel and look your best by incorporating more strength-based exercises, or maybe something you find more fun and mentally stimulating would keep you coming back. The key is to find your unique workout personality. Here are 4 questions to ask yourself to help you figure out if a workout if right for you:

How to Find Your Ideal Workout

Do you enjoy it?

If pushing through your workout regimen is a chore, that is a sure sign it is not the proper workout for you. When it comes down to it, if you do not enjoy your exercise, you will not follow through and make a habit of doing it. Plus, why do you want to waste time doing something you don’t actually love?

Plan sweat sessions with friends, whether it is a social walk, bike ride or a high-intensity tennis showdown. Dance for an hour in your basement. Get your frustration out with kickboxing. Find something that feels like a release for you. Working out doesn’t have to be a slog—in fact, it should’t be.

Do you have modest expectations?

If you’re doing a boot camp routine that promises a loss of 20 pounds in one month, that is completely unrealistic and will usually lead down the solemn road of disappointment. Exercise can only do so much for your body. The way your body looks is the result of a complicated algorithm of diet, stress, exercise, lifestyle, genetics and environment. Your physical activity is only a piece of the puzzle, so be aware that no workout regimen will work miracle on its own.

If you keep your exceptions realistic, you won’t feel like your workout is letting you down. The key benefit you can expect from exercise, however, is what it does for your mind. Having a workout regimen you love will keep you more positive, motivated and optimistic. It encourages creativity and floods your body with happiness. Instead of focusing on how a workout affects your physical shape, embrace how incredible it makes you feel. If you do this, the right workout will never let you down.

How to Find Your Ideal Workout

Is there a community for you to join?

Yes, even a fitness hermit like myself enjoys a little community action now and then. It wasn’t until I started mountain biking with friends that my riding drastically began to improve. There is only so much you can get out of a workout if you continually do it solo.

We all need an infusion of motivation and inspiration once in a while, so find positive people in your workout community who would love to share a sweat session with you—and maybe share a celebratory beverage afterwards! Having a community not only helps you to improve, but will keep you accountable, too. Finding a workout with a passionate, lighthearted local following is a great start to finding exercise you will successfully commit to.

Fully commit to a lifestyle of fun movement and your body and mind will continue to evolve. Working out shouldn’t be a struggle. There is a perfect exercise out there for you.

What’s your workout personality?

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85 comments

John B
John B6 months ago

Thanks Jordyn for sharing.

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John B
John B7 months ago

Thanks for sharing, Jordyn

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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federico bortoletto
federico babout a year ago

Grazie delle informazioni.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sherene Lambert
Sherene Lambertabout a year ago

Thanks for these tips

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Randy Q.
Past Member about a year ago

Thanks!

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Michelle Hall
Michelle Hallabout a year ago

Thanks

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natasha salgado
Past Member about a year ago

I bike everyday to work everywhere else. That's my workout.

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