Finding the motivation to drag yourself to the gym can be extremely difficult, especially after a hard day’s work.
But as doctors have instilled in us for decades, sweating is essential to good health, both physical and mental.
So for those desperate for something to encourage them to work out, look no further.
Invented for the British Heart Foundation a quiz that tells you which activity suits you best.
The survey only asks seven questions, including where you prefer to train. The possibilities vary from exercising outside, in a studio or from the comfort of your own home.
Photo taken from the British Heart Foundation’s quiz shows a group lesson outside. The first question is where you prefer to train. The possibilities vary from exercising outside, in a studio or from the comfort of your own home
The British Heart Foundation’s quiz, pictured above, finds out how much you like to get your heart racing when you’re working out. You can choose between working out to the point where your heart beats faster, but you can still carry on a conversation to the point of sweating and working so hard you can’t even talk to your partner
It then asks if you mind getting a little sweaty, and what you want to get out of a workout.
You then choose between simply warming up (which raises your heart rate, but allows you to still carry on a conversation), or whether you prefer to push yourself until your heart starts beating and you can’t chat anymore.
Whether you enjoy listening to music while exercising and your budget to go to classes are also taken into consideration when choosing a fitness class.
It is then further narrowed down by how much exercise you usually do per week, with answers ranging from being active to doing nothing.
Options for what you’d most like to improve on are broken down into balance, strength, and endurance.
You will then be prompted to select your preference for how you want your workout to feel.
Possible answers range from calm and relaxed to catching up with friends or feeling sweaty and like you worked hard.
The results suggest grab your trainers and go for a run if you enjoy working out outdoors and want a vigorous workout but don’t want it to break your bank.
Whether you enjoy listening to music while exercising and your budget to go to classes are also taken into consideration when choosing a fitness class
The quiz, pictured above, asks what you’re going to focus on and what you’d like to improve on. You can choose between balance, strength and endurance. The results of the quiz range from suggesting yoga to those who want to focus on balance and for strength and endurance Zumba, spin and running are given as suggestions
The quiz asks how you want to feel after exercising. Ranging from wanting to feel calm and relaxed or stretched to feeling like you’ve had a good catch up with your friends or feeling sweaty and like you’ve been working hard
It also suggests Zumba for those who want to train in a lively studio to music. The happy dance class is designed as a full-body cardiovascular workout that is easy to learn and follow in a group setting.
Yoga and Pilates are also suggestions for those who want to improve their balance with a more restful workout.
The low-impact workouts are also good for people who don’t have a high level of fitness and are also unlikely to get injured.
Walking is another form of exercise that should not be underestimated.
For those who have had surgery or a heart problem, walking is a good way to gradually gain confidence, according to the British Heart Foundation.
Walking is recommended as a good social activity or even as an easy way to clear your mind.
According to the British Heart Foundation, 150 minutes of exercise and exercise per week can reduce the risk of heart disease.
The charity says it can also help you control your weight, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health, which will in turn help you look and feel healthy.
HOW TO STAY HEALTHY THROUGH MOVEMENT
Adults are encouraged to do some form of physical activity every day. Exercising just once or twice a week can reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke.
Over 18s should aim for:
- Do strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms) at least two days a week. This includes carrying heavy shopping bags, yoga, Pilates, and lifting weights.
- Do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week. Moderate activity includes brisk walking, cycling, dancing, and doubles tennis. Vigorous activity includes running, swimming and cycling, fast or up hills.
- Spread the workout evenly over four to five days a week, or every day
- Reduce the time you sit or lie down and interrupt long periods of inactivity with certain activities
Adults can also meet their weekly activity goal with:
- Several short sessions of very vigorous activity. This includes lifting heavy weights, circuit training and sprinting on hills.
- A mix of moderate, vigorous and very vigorous activity
Source; health service