What’s the Best Workout for You?

No workout is going to work out for you if you don’t like it. That’s why one of the cornerstones of the approach taken by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is for fitness professionals to get to know their clients. Developing a rapport helps the trainer understand what’s important to them and the best ways to help them reach their goals. ACE also emphasizes the importance of starting at the “right” point for you, which depends largely upon current health and fitness levels.

Of course, you need to get the okay from your health care team before beginning a new fitness routine and ask what modifications you should make or what moves are off-limits—especially if you’re facing any extra health challenges. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available on the exercise spectrum that appeal to all sorts of workout personalities. In addition to doing some stretching and strength training, per your doctor’s guidelines, include some cardiovascular activities like these.

What are some good exercises if I have arthritis?

People with arthritis may want to avoid overstressing your joints, which causes further inflammation. Jumping or heavy weight-bearing activities may be discouraged, depending on the joints involved.
On your own:
Walking in a pool, on a treadmill, or outdoors on a flat surface
Gentle lap swimming
With a friend:
Indoor or outdoor cycling in easy gears
In a group:
Taking an aquatic exercise class
Taking a yoga, Pilates, or tai chi class

What are some good exercises if I have heart problems?

Healthy eating habits and regular physical activity can help to keep your heart healthy. It is very important to receive a doctor’s clearance prior to starting a new exercise program if you have any heart problems. Many types of exercise are open to you, but you need to watch the intensity and avoid exercising in extremes like high heat, cold, or high altitudes. Also monitor your heart rate and know what to do if there are signs of a problem.
On your own:
Gardening and lower-intensity yard work
With a friend:
Walking
Gentle lap swimming
In a group:
Taking an aquatic exercise class
Taking a yoga (but not hot yoga) class

What are some good exercises if I’m diagnosed with obesity?

People who have an obesity diagnosis can exercise as much as those who don’t. Unless you have specific joint issues or other limitations (medications that affect heart rate, for example), full-body functional movements are a great way to burn calories, improve heart function, and help you realize your own strength. Be sure to keep cardio low-impact and avoid jumping, running, and explosive moves.
On your own:
Indoor cycling
Using a rowing machine
With a friend:
Boxing or sparring
Walking or hiking
In a group:
Taking an aquatic exercise class
Taking a low-impact group fitness class

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