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Choose the Right Workout

By Rachel Carver

People work out for many reasons. Some want to lose weight and others want to build muscle. Before you start a new workout routine, you'll want to determine the reason for doing so. Your motivation to exercise will help you select the right workout plan. This goal is important; you will not want to spend an hour every day on the treadmill to build muscle strength.

Health Benefits of Regular Exercise

Working out gives you many health benefits, regardless of your fitness goals.

  • Lose weight and stay at a healthy weight
  • Lower your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels
  • Decrease chances of developing cancers such as bladder, breast, and lung

Check out these workouts for four common fitness goals.

Improving Cardio Fitness, Endurance Levels, and Muscle Strength

Balance strength, cardio, and flexibility exercises into a general fitness training routine. A nutritious diet is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Commit to working out at least three times a week, and incorporate group classes and sessions with a personal trainer if possible.

Tone and Strengthen Muscles

Focus on developing lean muscle tissue and working major muscle groups to strengthen your body. Squats, chin-ups, deadlifts, and push-ups are great exercises to strengthen muscles and burn calories. For an overall strength goal, you'll want to make resistance training a part of your workout regimen. Enlisting the help of a personal trainer will also be helpful.

Lose Weight

People wanting to lose weight should work out three to four times each week. Add cardiovascular exercises such as high-intensity interval training and weight circuit training. Running and cycling can also help with weight loss. People wanting to drop pounds should combine their workout routine with healthy eating.

Improve General Well-Being

If you are working out to reduce stress, increase energy, or to just feel happy, choose exercises to slow down your body and mind. Yoga and Pilates teach you controlled stretches and relaxing poses. In this case, you want a work out you enjoy because of the relaxation it gives you.

Head to The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you for help with a fitness and nutrition plan. The Joint team will create a plan that sets you up for success. The Joint offers walk-in visits and affordable pricing to everyone.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charlotte, N.C.

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