So, this is the year you're going to get in shape. Good for you! Maybe you’re just beginning a work out regimen, or perhaps you’re already active but want to try something new. Below are some popular exercise options to try:
Motion-sensor gaming innovations like the Nintendo Wii, and Xbox Kinect have unleashed a wave of game-based exercise programs. Whether you like golf, bowling, tennis, dance, yoga, or more traditional aerobics there is a game out there for you!
Pros: The games are relatively inexpensive compared to gym membership, can be used at home, and automatically track your progress so you can easily monitor your improvements.
Cons: The workouts are generally mild to moderate (good for beginners but you may soon outgrow them) and sometimes repetitive. Also, there is less accountability because you're not paying for a membership or working out with others.
Joining a gym
Gyms offer a great range of exercise machines and classes – everything from kickboxing to Zumba to yoga.
Pros: Since you’re paying for it, you’re generally more motivated to use it. Most gyms offer a good variety of programs for different fitness levels, personal training, and there are also gyms that are targeted to serious athletes, beginners, and women so you can find one that suits you best.
Cons: Membership can be costly and it can be hard to make the time in your day to go there – especially if it's a bit of a drive. Also, some beginners may feel intimidated or self-conscious working out in front of other people.
Heading outside -
Many people prefer to get their exercise in the great outdoors. Fresh air, natural beauty, and freedom can be great motivators. Also, you can invite friends or co-workers to join you!
Pros: You can make your own exercise routine and work outdoor activity into your daily schedule. Exercising outside with friends can be appealing and provide motivation.
Cons: If you’re going solo, it can be tough to stay motivated and structured, and you are at the mercy of the weather.