Tips For Finding The Right Workout

You’re so bored of your current gym routine that you’re about to fall asleep on the treadmill. Because it’s a new year, why not use the occasion to usher in a fresh fitness regimen, too? Finding a workout that suits your style is key to sticking with it — and having fun. Whether you’re all go-go-go or more mellow you’ll find a fitness routine just for you.


Do: Yoga 2.0

Why: This thousands-year-old practice, which originated in India, is popular for a reason. Yoga helps create balance and harmony in its devotees’ lives through an emphasis on mind and body. Yoga can be instrumental for people wanting to still their thoughts, slow down and find focus — all while getting healthy.

How: Sign up for YogaGlo, a monthly service ($18 per month, 15-day free trial) offering more than 1,000 classes that you can watch online or on TV. You can filter classes by level, favorite teacher, style of yoga and duration to find just the right class.

Extra: A sticky mat is a must. I like the 1/4-inch Hybrid Eco Mat (on sale for $30.60 at Barefoot Yoga Co.), which comes with a strap for easier carrying and storage.


Do: Zumba

Why: It’s hard to beat the party atmosphere of this high-intensity cardio class. Zumba gets you moving and grooving to salsa, merengue and other energetic music. You get so busy learning the moves and partying to the music that you don’t have time to get bored or bogged down counting reps. It’s also a great way to get in shape — just ask celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Emma Watson who’ve both jumped on the trend.

How: Got a game console? Try Zumba Fitness Core ($39.99 at GameStop), which is available for the Xbox and Wii and offers a huge variety of songs and dance styles to get you toned and trim.

Extra: Look the part with a figure-flattering, 100 percent cotton Flair Long Sleeve Top ($30 at Zumba.com).


Do: P90X

Why: It works. This series of workouts, created by trainer Tony Horton, has sold more than 3.5 million copies and has celebs Pink, Sheryl Crow and Jennie Garth raving. If you’re ready to commit time and sweat, you can have a body to die for under Horton’s tutelage. His routines create “muscle confusion,” so your body won’t plateau — and you won’t be able to coast for a second.

How: Order the 12-disc P90X Extreme Home Fitness DVD Program ($109.99 at Newegg.com) and prepare to discover muscles you didn’t even know you had.

Extra: Portable and versatile, the B-Lines Resistance Bands Extreme Kit ($39.95 at Beachbody) will make your workouts that much more effective.


Do: Ballet — kicked up a notch!

Why: I’m not talking a few plies here and there. I’m talking about a more modern approach that merges ballet techniques with other practices to sculpt a dancer’s body.

How: On the Xtend Barre: Lean & Chiseled DVD ($8.99 at Amazon), dancer Andrea Rogers use ballet, Pilates, yoga and traditional moves for a workout that builds strength, tones and gets your heart moving. Over at Leah Sarago Fitness, you can pick up the newly released Ballet Body Signature Series Volume 4: Total Body ($14.99) to sleekify and elongate your body from head to toe.

Extra: Dancers have known about Discount Dance Supply for ages. There, you can score all sorts of professional-quality gear at great prices. A good basic is the Theatricals Adult Pinch Front Tank Leotard ($15.50), which allows your body to move and stay cool while doing your routine.


Do: Tabata-style training

Why: Tabata is a form of high-intensity interval training that pushes you to your absolute maximum for 20 seconds, lets you briefly recover for 10, and then asks you to do it again, eight times in total. Originally developed for Japanese Olympic athletes, studies have shown one four-minute Tabata exercise can be more of a fat-burner than a traditional 60-minute aerobic workout. Impressive, but not for the novice, as you’re going to be asked to push your body well past what it’s used to. Actress Kyra Sedgwick was quoted saying, “It’s the hardest exercise you’ll ever do in your life.”

How: In Breathless Body: The Ultimate Calorie Burn ($19.99 at Amy Dixon Fitness), trainer Amy Dixon has her viewers sweating, gasping and looking fabulous — in minutes.

Extra: Flexible and supportive, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 ($109.99 at CrossFit HQ Store) is a great pick for athletes. Bonus: The shoes look awesome.


Do: Group Training, in which you hit the gym with a small group and a personal trainer.

Why: You’ll get more of your trainer’s attention than you would standing in the middle of a crowded class, but you’ll save cash compared with a one-on-one session.

Plus, you’re accountable to a group and have committed to paying whether you show up or not, so you’ll make it to your appointment — without blowing it off to watch that last DVR’d episode of Homeland.

How: If you already belong to a gym, ask if it offers group training.

Extra: Get a versatile Nike Women’s Lightweight Jersey Full-Zip Hoodie ($48 at Sports Authority). This is perfect for when you’re first warming up and again when you’re done with your cooldown.


Do: Hula hooping

Why: In Betty Hoops classes, instructors combine yoga with hula hooping, making for a fun, admittedly slightly quirky way of whittling your waist and keeping your heart rate up.

How: Pick up The Collapsible Betty Hoop & Tote & 4 Rhythm DVD ($62 at BettyHoops.com). You can also get Hooping: A Revolutionary Fitness Program ($10.85 at Amazon) that includes a book and DVD showing you how to burn up to 600 calories an hour.

Extra: Score a striped Power Hoop ($29.99 at HoopGirl.com).


Do: Water aerobics

Why: Gentle on joints but a great way to tone up, since water offers more resistance than air.

How: Obviously, you’ll need access to a pool, so check out your local Y or gym to see if they offer classes. If not, get pointers from the Aquatic Fitness Instructional DVD ($19 at Amazon.com).

Extra: Make your workout more challenging with a pair of Speedo Aquatic Fitness Gloves ($16.95, available at SwimOutlet.com). Add a good-quality, flattering suit like this Muscle Back Logo one by Speedo ($78).

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    • Aslan
    • February 19, 2013

    Any Good Workout Tips For Men? I need workout tips that I can use at home and that works.

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      • HealthNut
      • February 19, 2013

      Eat healthy. consume a little more protein (meat) than usual. Work out helps but working out is about your body fat percentage. Eating healthy is the main thing, then work out. Two strengths when combined, result in that figure your looking for. When you work out don’t do the same routine work out everyday. alternate between 3 days and do different things each of the three days. like Monday do crunches, Tuesday sit ups, Wednesday go for a run. then Thursday go back to crunches. You can do more than one thing a day certainly but don’t do the exact same workout everyday. Your body gets use to it. Mix things up. Eat a healthy breakfast. Eggs, bacon, milk, orange juice. that sort of thing. Just combine eating healthy with work out and you should see results in the first few days.

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    • Deej
    • February 19, 2013

    What Are Some Good Workout Tips That Will Help Me Get Into Shape Quick? Im 22 5’6″ and weigh 178lbs. im sick of being fat and repulsed when i look in the mirror at my body. i just would like to know some great workout tips to help me get fit and lose about 40 lbs in 2 months

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      • HealthNut
      • February 19, 2013

      Well the best way to lose weight is to run everyday morning and night or after for hour and of course you wont be able to run the whole 1 hour as your not in shape yet so try to run for 30 minutes or more if you can and then walk for like 10 minutes and then run until you get to an hour and if your finally able to run the whole 1 hour start running for 2 hours

      also start weight lifting as well as muscle burns fat so just get normal 15 lb or lighter if its to heavy and do curls dumbbell presses etc and most important of all do free weights such as push ups and if your unable to do allot of push ups do like 10 rest 10 seconds 10 rest 10 rest until you get to 100 or 200 if you can also get a bar and try to do pull ups front wards and you probably wont be able to so try really hard and go to the top and go down slowly, and you will have to do ab workouts like crunches and raise your legs

      and do a quick warm up and and stretch before you lift and also with running do a quick warm up run like 10 minutes then stretch and start your 1 hour run

      the other most important key fact to weight loss is a big change in your diet which mean more calories out then in so no to any fast food for the rest of your life unless you want be fat the rest of your life, don’t eat any junk foods high in fat like donuts and stuff like that because if your going to be burning like 1000 calories and then eating 3000 calories you wont be losing fat but instead just gaining fat and the only difference will be you will be gaining 10 lbs everyday instead of 5 lbs

      what you should eat is salad fruit vegetables yogurt eat meat but not one in a kfc bucket a kind that homemade eat eggs also good in protein

      follow these steps and i guarantee you of you being fit

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    How Do I Get A Body Like This? Any Workout Tips? I wanna get a body like hayden panattieres from the kohls candies ad. Or a body like Miley Cyrus for that matter. I carry lotsa weight around my middle waist, upper arms, thighs and calves, back, and neck. pretty much everywhere! any workout tips for a teen who totally wants a flat stomach and cute body?

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      • HealthNut
      • February 19, 2013

      Try counting calories. 2400 is the maximum a person should usually intake per day (and I say usually because there are special occasions like birthdays and weddings where it’s kind of hard to stay under 2400 calories), and eventually (I say eventually because your diet probably gives you 4000-5000 calories right now, that’s what mine was) if you want to lose weight faster stay between 2000-2200 calories. Of course, if you’re diet includes fast food and Starbucks, 2400 is fine. Go to http://www.calorieking.com and look up calorie content of foods you eat, or you can buy their book, which might be handier. Combined with exercise, this is a great way to lose weight and isn’t risky like diet pills or miracle diets.

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