Who you are on Monday:

Eager for some time to yourself after a weekend of family and friend togetherness.

The best workout to start your week: A vinyasa yoga class with a rhythmic flow, during which you can reconnect with your body, mentally prepare for the week ahead and get into your own groove.

Why: You won't find solitude at the gym. Monday is the busiest day at health clubs, industry experts reveal, so it's going to be packed and loud, and you'll be less likely to find a space to stretch, never mind a free treadmill. On the other hand, many people practiced yoga over the weekend (that's where the moms were while the dads took the kids to the park), or they're saving their Zen treat until later in the week, when they really need it, so the studio should be more your speed (or you can try a private class online).

Who you are on Monday:

Itching to beat a personal record (or someone else's) after a weekend of hard-core exercise.

The best workout to start your week: A CrossFit-type class, a track workout or a group bike ride—something that allows you to quantify your results and compare them with those of other type-A workout-aholics.

Why: Mondays are the day people are most likely to track their exercise, according to MyFitnessPal, a free resource for achieving and maintaining health goals that has more than 50 million users. That means you’ll have lots of data to crunch and stats to sift through. So by the end of the day, you'll have a new bar to aim Monday.

Who you are on Monday:

Organized, rested and ready to go.

The best workout to start your week: An early-morning swim session.

Why: Because you prepared for it on Sunday—when you, like most people, took the day off from the gym—by packing a bag, reserving a lane at the Y across town and getting yourself ready to do something that you probably won’t have the time or inclination for once the week gets going. (Admit it: It's been too much of a hassle to even get to the pool on previous Wednesdays and Thursdays, much less grab your swimsuit, bathing cap, goggles, pool shoes and towel.) Bonus: All that advance prep may leave you extra time to dry your hair afterwards.


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