The New Year brings feelings of a fresh start as well as opportunities to improve our overall health and wellness. For many of us, a fresh start means a new beginning. Writing down our fitness goals is a great way to stay motivated and energized. However, it is important to approach those goals one step at a time, manage expectations, and pace ourselves. This will ensure that we don’t get burnt out before we get started! Regular and consistent exercise can help us all stay independent and prevent many health problems that come with age. To help you get in shape and feel great for all of 2024, here are some super fun and motivating workouts to try on your own.
As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life.” Hybrid training combines different approaches so you get a bit of everything – strength workouts, functional fitness, cardio, and endurance. It means shifting away from a single focus and using two or more training techniques at the same time. Mixing things up with different types of exercise helps utilize all the muscles in your body. When you only do one type of sport or exercise you are not getting a balanced workout. This could mean you have a tendency to overwork certain muscles. For instance, if you hike, jog or run on a regular basis, you’ll want to make sure you also incorporate stretching exercises and upper-body strength training.
The mind-body connection suggests that our thoughts, feelings and attitudes can influence our physical health (and vice-versa). It’s important to incorporate workouts that improve mental wellbeing while strengthening your body. Examples include breath work, yoga, meditation, stretching, Tai-chi, and relaxing exercises. These types of mindful movements calm your central nervous system while reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.
Personalized Fitness Workouts
We all love personal attention – especially when someone takes an interest in our well-being and makes us feel good. Finding a workout program that feels tailored just for you boosts motivation and helps you achieve your fitness goals. Choose fitness and dance classes that are smaller in size – you are more likely to receive individual attention and instruction. Because of this, you will see a remarkable improvement in your results in no time. An exercise program that is specifically targeting your needs is a great way to stay physically and mentally fit.
Focus on Recovery
We now know the long-lasting implications of injury and burnout. Overuse of our muscles, repetitive movements, and/or improper technique can cause muscle strain and intense fatigue. As we age, we need more recovery time. We need to remember to take breaks in order to give our muscles a chance to relax and restore their energy. On less active days, you can focus on doing more types of mind-body exercises like those listed above.
Full Body Workouts
There are three components of fitness that you should be doing: (1) aerobic exercise, (2) strengthening, and (3) stretching. Incorporating all three elements into your workout routines allows for a variety of movements that work all of your muscle groups. You will increase your mobility, improve your posture and range of motion, and reduce soreness and injuries. Most of all, you will experience a better quality of life!
It’s not just the quantity of exercise you do but also the quality that is important. You don’t have to spend hours working out. Optimizing your time with shorter and more consistent workouts is key. Choose classes that are effective and efficient with your time and energy. One example of this is circuit training, where you do different exercises at different stations, focusing on different muscle groups at each station. Regardless of what you do, it’s about enjoying the time you are exercising.
Holistic Health and Wellness
Holistic health is an approach to wellness that simultaneously addresses the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual components of the mind and body. It is an approach to life that considers multidimensional aspects of wellness and encourages individuals to recognize the whole person. Many activities and exercises involve using all of these aspects. We want to be well both inside and out! If we approach every day with optimism and a positive attitude, we will live a happier and healthier life.
Let’s make the New Year the best ever, regardless of which workouts we choose. Enjoy every moment and be happy with who you are and where you are in your life!
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This article originally appeared in the Coastal Breeze.