As the end of the year approaches, it’s a great time for self-reflection, especially when it comes to health and wellness goals. Did you hit your goals or hit a plateau? Remember: The body likes variety. Choosing activities that challenge your body in new and unique ways is the best way get lasting results.
If you’ve already tried a slew of different things—classes, gym, studio, at-home workouts—it’s time to hone in on which one is the best fit for optimum results.
And that starts with a simple question: What do you most enjoy?
If you want to get healthy but hate the gym, then the gym isn’t for you. To have sustainable activity, identify activities you actually like, such as yoga, running, dancing, lifting weights, martial arts, etc. Once you know what you want to do, then find out when and how you can incorporate this activity into your routine.
If you are constantly short on time, try: Training at Home
If you have good intentions but can’t get to the gym, setting up an accessible home gym can save you time, money, and produce amazing results without ever stepping foot outside your door. Outfitting an office or garage with a few key pieces, such as resistance bands, a stability ball, kettlebells, and a step can set you up for a variety of movements in a limited space. If you have the at-home gym but don’t know where to start, look into getting a live coach or download an at-home workout app to guide you through.
If you have specific goals, try: The Gym
Want to build muscle? Lose weight? Tone up? Joining a gym that has professionals to guide you, different fitness equipment to choose from, and people to meet and connect with is still one of the best tried-and-true methods to meeting specific fitness goals. Look for end-of-year specials and discounts to nab the best deal.
If you need accountability, try: Group Classes
Some of us need to be held accountable. If you’re motivated by other people, sign up for classes. Once you find a community that depends on you to show up, your motivation and inspiration can shift into something else…fun! Plus, with group classes, you can try everything from spinning to boxing, often for free if you already have a gym membership.
However you want to move your body, lead with activities you enjoy, and the results are soon to follow!