How To Get More From Your Workout Time: 4 Workout Types with Multiple Mind-Body Benefits

by - 5:22 PM

your lifestyle becomes your bodystyle

Many of us are pressed for time when it comes to workouts, which
can make it tempting to skip it. (I know I've done that!)
One thing you can do to is to make time spent on a
workout as efficient as possible.

I've compiled 4 kinds of exercising that packs the most punch
for your time. Each group offers exercises that work multiple body areas,
act as aerobic, cardio, toning, lengthening
and strengthening workouts, are disciplined; combine mental
concentration with a mind-body benefit, simultaneously, and all from one workout.
Most of them can also be done either on your own, or in a guided group class.
My given examples are only the most popular -
you may find some others that become your passion. 

Click the links for more on each type. Pick one, or try them all. 
( I've done that too!) Many are great at any age, as long as you
start slowly at first. I love exercise styles from each of these
groups, as I'm sure you might also.
(My favorites are horseback-riding, swimming, Tai Chi and ballet,
with Qi Gong as my fav activity for light physical movement
and stretching for de-stressing.)

1. Controlled Movement Strength/Endurance Training
(Yoga, Ballet, Pilates, Qi Gong, Cardio Barre)
Benefits: mental health and mood improvement, mind-body connection,
mild aerobic, stretching, flexibility, stress reduction, strengthening,
endurance, balance, heart health.

2. Martial Arts
(Kick-Boxing, Capoeira, Kendo, Tai Kwan Do, Tai Chi)

Benefits: strength, agility, mental discipline, cardio, aerobic,
agility, stress-release. There are many types of Martial Arts to
choose from; see them here
Learn more about why they're good for you here

3. Full Body Outdoor Aerobic Activities
(Outdoor Hiking, Vigorous Walking, Swimming, Cross-Country Skiing)

Benefits: mental health, balance, weight loss, Vitamin D source,
connection to nature, mood enhancement. (more)

4. Horseback Riding/Equestrian Activities
(Hunt Seat, Dressage, Western, Trail Riding, Ring Exercises, Barrel Racing)

Benefits: cardio, stress relief, self-discipline, muscle-toning, spritual connection
to an animal, coordination, concentration, balance. 
Learn about wy this is a fantastic exercise activity here

Which are your favorites, and why?
What haven't you done that you'd like to try?
I'd love to hear from you!

In mind, body and spirit...
live beautifully,


You May Also Like