Actress Lea Michele has always been vocal about her love of fitness. From Core Power Yoga to Soul Cycle to hiking, she’s always happy to share her workout faves. But as she recently told Us Weekly, she knows that her go-to workouts are a deeply personal choice.
“I look for workouts that have to be also good for my spirit as much as they are for my body,” she explained. “I can’t be at a gym with crazy music playing and people looking at themselves in the mirror.” Of course, some people can only work when a gym blasts crazy music and provides an opportunity for a decent mirror selfie. Dance cardio, for example, is Nina Dobrev’s idea of a fun Tuesday morning and others’ idea of personal hell.
The takeaway: Every workout has some benefits, and the best workout is the one you love to do.
“When you find something you thoroughly enjoy, you’re more likely to commit to it,” trainer Michelle Goldberg tells SELF. “You are naturally more motivated and enthusiastic to complete the workout. It’s like how you’re more likely to schedule a hair or nail appointment rather than a dentist appointment.” When you find a workout you enjoy, you stop looking for ways to avoid the fitness block on your calendar and actually look forward to it.
For Michele, hiking is a workout that she enjoys, which means she’s more apt to want to do it regularly. She tells Us Weekly, “What’s super easy for me is hiking because I live near some really great trails. I can literally get in my car, drive for less than a minute and be on the top of a mountain 20 minutes later.” Studies have shown that hiking not only targets often-unused muscles in the body, it can also effect your mood.
Goldberg advises listening to your mind and body after a workout. “When you leave, you should feel some level of clarity and positive emotions, even when it’s hard,” she says. “If you leave the room angry and frustrated—was it because of the instructor or workout design, or was there something preventing you from doing your best, like illness or stress?” Take a moment to analyze your experience before adding adding your workout to the mental “loved it,” “try again,” or “absolutely freaking not” columns.
Also, consider what you want out of a workout. Do you want to feel mentally uplifted? Do you want to go hard and sweat out your stress? Or are you looking to train for a specific sport or event? Aligning your workout with your goals—mental, physical, and spiritual—can help you discover something you’ll truly enjoy. As Michele says about hiking, “It is so spiritually incredible as well as physically.”
“It is important and extremely beneficial to find a workout you enjoy because you tend to work harder,” says Trammell Logan, SoulCycle instructor and founder of East Side Dance Company. “Other than the development of your fitness goals, having fun also becomes an incentive. I believe the harder you work, the more fun you’ll have.”
Whether you love hiking and hate a busy gym, like Michele—or vice versa—finding the go-to workout for you will help you not only enjoy yourself, but get better results.
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