It’s easy to succumb to the peer pressure of fad exercise. Doing yoga seems so zen, and the Pilates body sure looks chic; Cross Fit might seem like the way to go for a while, until the allure of spinning takes hold. But how on earth can you ever know which exercise will be most fulfilling and effective for you, and which might actually take a negative toll on your body?
Here are the top 5 factors you need to take into account when looking for a workout that suits your body.
- Age: The workout right for you at 24 is not the workout right for you at 54. Over time, your body changes in innumerable ways, including in its bone density, shape, hormone levels, and muscle definition. Don’t worry, though—age doesn’t mean loss of hope for fitness. It simply means you need to exercise for your body as it is right now, not as it was 10 years ago!
- Weight: If you’re carrying a great deal of excess weight, it may be necessary to modify your workout routine to target eliminating fat and avoid placing undue strain on your joints.
- Joint Health: Get to know the difference between low-, medium-, and high-impact exercise—it will make all the difference in how your body responds to a work out. If your joints are sensitive, it’s critical to choose a lower impact workout that will keep your cartilage healthy and the synovial fluids flowing!
- Gender: The physical differences in men’s and women’s bodies dictate some of the ways they need to personalize workouts. Women tend to have less muscle mass than men, and a greater pelvic tilt. Men often have greater upper body strength than women, whereas women’s lower bodies are often stronger. While balance is always important in a workout, it’s good to know your baseline so you can decide how to build from there. Taking care of your body’s unique needs should always come first, no matter what type of strength or weight loss you’re seeking.
- Intensity: Although it may seem counterintuitive, someone trying to lose a considerable amount of weight might not always benefit from a super high intensity workout. It all depends on the type of movement you’re built for and the results you’re after. Low intensity exercise works your body aerobically, whereas high intensity will work you both aerobically and anaerobically.
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