Choosing The Right Workout…
When you’re bursting with energy
Maybe you just found out you got a promotion, or your best friend just told you she’s pregnant. You’re over the moon with excitement and bursting with energy, so now’s the time to try something new. Try that strip aerobics class at your gym or that rock climbing wall that’s been staring you down. Whatever it is, your current confidence and excitement will help propel you through your nerves and enable you to undertake a new activity with glee.
When you’re sluggish & tired
When all the coffee breaks and 5-Hour Energy Drinks in the world won’t wake you up, there’s no better exercise than simply taking a walk. The American Council on Exercise notes that regular, moderate-intensity exercise battles fatigue and improves overall energy. The best thing about walking is that you can do it anywhere and anytime; plus, it’s unintimidating enough that you’ll be more willing to give it a shot despite your exhaustion.
When you’re stressed out or angry
Take your 30 minutes of exercise as an opportunity to put all your worries behind you. There are three basic ways to do this:
- Exercise so hard you can’t concentrate on anything else.
- Engage with others and do something that makes you laugh.
- Meditate and focus on deep, relaxing breaths.
The option you choose may depend on the type of stress you’re experiencing. For instance, if you just got in a fight with your spouse, taking a dance class with friends could help you put it behind you. On the other hand, if you’re overloaded with work, an extra-tough group cycling class might send you over the edge. If you can’t pinpoint the source of your stress, meditative yoga may be best.
When you’re perfectly content
Just as you have a favorite pair of jeans, you probably have a go-to workout routine. There’s nothing wrong with relying on a 30-minute treadmill jog or a quick circuit of weights when it’s just your average day.