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The 3 ESSENTIAL Questions To Ask Yourself When Choosing a Workout (Part 1 of 3)

Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about choosing a workout?

Is your vision going blurry from countless Google searches?

Whether it’s choosing a class or finding a DVD to do at home, the options are endless and often overwhelming.

You see so much hype over running marathons, doing crossfit, P90x, or whatever the new exercise craze is.  And don’t get me wrong, I think it’s totally awesome if you like those things.

But they are definitely not for everyone, and THAT’S OKAY!  If you don’t want to do those types of exercise, then DON’T!

 

So how do you choose what’s right for you?

Sometimes it can be a bit time consuming to choose the right workouts for you.  But I’ll give you a hint: Just get active and test things out!

No more blurry eyes and hours wasted searching.  Just go on Youtube, pick one that looks interesting, and give it a try.

 

There are 3 ESSENTIAL questions to ask yourself when choosing a workout:

1:  What does your body say?

Sometimes we think we need to push our body to its limits, even when workouts don’t feel right.  Some movements feel awkward or painful.  Maybe it’s not at your level or maybe your body just simply isn’t designed for that type of exercise.

Stop pushing so hard. Our body sends us messages for very good reasons: to help us avoid injury and prepare for more advanced movement.

A workout doesn’t have to fit 100% perfectly. In fact, I have yet to find one that I don’t alter in someway to fit me.

Ask yourself: What is my body saying?  If it doesn’t feel right, change your workout.

Here’s how:

Slow down

Learning a new workout takes time.  That’s normal!  Give yourself the space to adjust.  Simply slowing down each movement can help you learn how to do it properly and help your body adjust. A hard workout doesn’t mean feeling pain or a lot of discomfort.  Push yourself in a way that feels good to you.

Find a trainer or teacher

When starting a new workout, finding a good trainer or class can be a great idea to make sure your workouts are a good fit for your body and fitness level.  Having professional training and getting that one on one guidance can make all the difference.

Switch workouts

As you try out different workouts you’ll get a clearer idea of how your body likes to exercise. If a workout makes you feel pain or discomfort, move on!  If you are consistently frustrated with a workout, let it go and move on to the next one!

Keep in mind that what feels good one day might not the next. This is normal and can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Listen to your body each day, and over time you’ll build up a variety of ways to exercise so you can choose what fits best each day.

 

Would you like more information on how to make adjustments when doing workout DVDs? Let me know in the comments below what’s frustrating you!

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 coming next week.

I’ll cover the second ESSENTIAL question to ask yourself when choosing a workout!


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