Amp up your fitness routine this year by choosing a workout that fits your lifestyle.

finding the best workout for your lifestyle

It’s the new year, and you’re determined this is the year you’re finally going to get fit (and hopefully shed the extra pounds left behind by too much fruitcake and eggnog). So how can you be sure you won’t return to your sedentary ways—not to mention your very inviting couch—after a few half-hearted visits to the gym?

The key lies in finding an activity that is right for you and fits your lifestyle and personality.

“Don’t worry about what works for everybody else. it’s not about finding some generic program that you’re hoping to follow. it’s about finding your unique recipe for success,” says Kathleen Trotter, a personal trainer, fitness expert and fitness writer. “One of the main reasons people don’t succeed is because they look in a magazine and think ‘This 30-day program works for Madonna, so it will work for me.’”

With that in mind, here’s the lowdown on a few popular – and very different – types of activities to help you figure out what will work for you.