Tuesday, November 22, 2011
What is a soul-mate workout?, you may be asking. It is that perfect fit for you workout, the one that you love and always want to do. The one that wins over all the other choices because it makes you feel the best. Finding this workout is difficult. Answering a few "this or that" questions can really give insight into what is your "perfect fit" workout.
*Outdoors or indoors = I love to be outdoors , but if I can do the workout indoors the likely hood of me actually completing it is much higher.
*Group or solo = Group settings give me more accountability and make me work harder, part of it is to prove to others that I can do it and the other part just gives me that extra push because I do not want to let others down. Group settings can cause me to lose focus on my exercises because I love helping others, but I think that just makes me better at what I do.
*Team or individual = Same as above, however, in a team setting I am likely to revert to my "noone can do it as well as I can, so why even bother having others help" attitude. Doing something as an individual means that I can be the perfectionist that I am without someone else interfering (something I am working on overcoming).
* Competitive or noncompetitive = I am competitive by nature however, the noncompetitive is good because I don't get overly mad if it causes me to lose.
* Dance or athletic = I love the competitive of athletics, but I love the rhythm, music and flow of grace and coordination in dancing.
*Slow and steady or Fast and Furious = DUH!!! for me on this one. It has to be fast and furious otherwise I get bored and do not want to continue.
*High-impact, low-impact, no-impact = I like to have continuous movement, fluidity, and rhythm. I find I try my hardest to avoid workouts that involve a lot of jumping or pounding and sitting still or repetitive.
*Music or silence = Music helps keep me energized and focused on the task at hand (it doesn't allow for my mind to wander).
*Very Coordinated, somewhat coordinated, or two left feet = I am an extremely coordinated person, can keep rhythm, and I have great balance.
Summary of activities I may like based on above responses:
I love interactive exercises that allow me to use my rhythm. I love fast dancing, pilates and some aerobics; I have tried all of these in the past and enjoy them. Softball and ice skating would be great outdoor sports for me when I want to be outside. These all let me listen to fun, moving music and complete the activities with motivation and support from others, plus I am able to accomplish them on my own when I feel like doing something by myself.
Based on my characteristics of:
indoor, group, team, dance, competitive, fast & furious, low-impact music, and very coordinated
these workouts come to mind:
pilates, dancing, turbo fire, aerobics, hip hop, jazz, ice skating, softball, gymnastics, and kickboxing.
Wow! That really narrowed it down for me. I am going to check with my local video stores to see if they have any dvd's for those workouts and see if I can find cheap ones to buy online so I can try them out. Trying out different workouts is the best way to determine which ones fit you the best.