It's all about listening to your body, your abilities, strengths, and weakness each day. If I had jumped into a hardcore program like P90X or Insanity I wouldn't have made it beyond the first couple of weeks (or even days). There was no way I could've put my body through that intense of a workout!
I'm all about the slow and steady approach to fitness. I had to regain some balance and flexibility first before I could tackle basic movements in some programs. I did this through Tai Cheng, which is based off the Yang style of Tai Chi. (Yes, Tai Chi is no longer just for retired persons in the park!) Yoga or Pilates could have the same effect. Try all three and see which is best for you.
Most of the workouts I've done are no more than an hour. Yes, you heard right - you don't need to spend hours of your day exercising! I found if I did more than an hour I'd get bored or my form slips. Most of my workouts are only about 30 minutes long.
I get my workouts done in the mornings before getting ready for work. That is when it's best for me. I've tried working out in the afternoon but just don't have the energy to do so.
I have also switched up the program's schedule to work with my availability from one day to the next. I put the longest workouts on the weekends when I have the most time available.
In order to make any fitness program work for you it must be scheduled into your day just like any other activity. So what if one day it's in the morning and the next it's right before bedtime! Evaluate your schedule and work exercise into your day.
Don't feel well enough to workout one day? This has happened to me often throughout my journey. I either swap with one of my rest days that week, shift the schedule entirely (if it's more that one day), or move the skipped workout somewhere else in the schedule. You just have to listen to your body to determine the best solution when not feeling well.
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