Exercise is important and the fact that it’s on an all-time high in terms of media coverage is a good thing. But a lot of the time when we hear about exercising it’s often about group activities and exercise classes and joining the community. However, If you’re an introvert – none of that probably sounds good to you. And why would it? When you think about it, no matter how good that encouragement and group spirit is at pushing you on with your exercise regiment, it’s not really worth spending upwards of an hour with sweaty strangers. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with 7 workout options for introverts.
1. Workout Videos
Why go to the gym when you can get just as good of a workout at home. With the number of workout videos available on YouTube you really don’t have to leave the house to get your sweat on. Just get an exercise matt, turn on a workout video and it’s like you have a personal trainer but on TV. And there are so many different kinds of workout videos: cardio, dance, Zumba, martial arts, yoga. You could do a different one every day and never get bored.
2. Wii Fit
If you’re more into gaming you can always try Wii Fit. It’s a video game designed to give you a good workout at home. And this one actually works slightly better than just following a video, because it can track your movements and let you know if you’re not doing them right.
Swimming doesn’t require you to interact with anyone at all. You just swim and enjoy yourself. And even though it doesn’t feel like it, swimming actually burns a lot of calories too. The only thing is you have to find a pool. But if you live next to the sea or the ocean it’s even better because those waves will produce resistance which will ensure you have an even better workout.
Some people like running with friends, but since we’re all introverts here we know that running is best when you do it alone. Just find a nice park or a trail you like, put your headphones on and enjoy the music. Treat it as “me time”. You can just focus on your thoughts, or you can listen to an audiobook or a podcast as you run. Either way, it’s a great exercise option.
If you’re not quite sure about running – try cycling. It’s just as good for you but you get to go faster and enjoy the wind in your hair. It’s a great workout and you can even incorporate other errands into it. You can cycle to and from work or you can cycle to the supermarket, buy all the stuff you need, load it into the bicycle basket and cycle back home. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone.
6. Exercise App
Similar to a workout video, an exercise app will show you how to do an exercise and notify you with voice commands when to start and stop doing each exercise. It’s a pretty cool way to exercise, in most apps you can choose your fitness level and the intensity of exercise that you want.
7. Personal Trainer
Yes, we see the small flaw in this one, what with having to hire a personal trainer. But while it might be a bit awkward at first, it’s really worth it. Once you get a personal trainer that’s a good match for you-you’ll understand that this is truly the best way to exercise.