In the aim to become fit, some people will jump into just about any exercise program in a heartbeat, regardless of whether it’s tailor-fit for him or not. Some would simply start doing weight training, cardiovascular exercises, and other such fitness regimens without consulting a health professional or even a fitness trainer. Sadly, people who attempt these often fail at achieving their goal.
Having the right exercise plan is essential in achieving your goals for exercise and fitness training. Having the right exercise plan also encourages you to actually follow the plan and do the recommended activities. Rather than hate an exercise regimen for its hardships and routines, if you have the right plan, you will look forward to it every time you exercise.
Set goals and objectives. Creating the right exercise plan starts with setting goals and objectives. Ask yourself what you want to achieve with your exercise plan. Do you want to become thinner? Do you want to have more defined muscles? Do you want to add muscle mass? Do you want to increase strength or stamina? There are a lot of factors you have to consider with each of these, and the first step in knowing what exactly to do is setting an objective.
Assess your body. Next, you will need to objectively assess how you fare in terms of your physical condition. You want to achieve a goal. How far are you from it? If you want to tone up, then you will need to know how toned (or otherwise) you are right now. If you need strength training, then you want to know how strong you are right now. Sometimes you might not be able to have an objective assessment. You can ask a friend or a fitness professional for advice.
Choose an activity you like. Most fitness programs will involve a mix of cardiovascular exercises and weight training exercises. However, don’t limit yourself to options presented by the local gym. You can find an activity that you will both enjoy and benefit from. You should also consider other aspects, such as how many people will be involved, and whether the activity will fit your schedule. Exercises can be done individually—such as weight training. These can be done in a group, too, such as running, aerobics, and even dance.
Find your motivation. Most people will give up on their exercise routine after a month or so. Most will find excuses not to go to the gym, or not to walk or jog. People are simply unmotivated. To achieve your goal, you will need to find your motivation. You will need to be passionate about your fitness regime. In most cases, you will find it easier to be motivated if you like the activity you are doing. In some cases, you will be motivated by the people you exercise with. Perhaps it’s an even more basic motivation knowing that your life can depend on your staying fit (such as those with sicknesses and ailments that can be remedied by a fit lifestyle).
Don’t over-exert yourself. Some, on the other hand, are overly motivated that they exert themselves too much. This leads to burnout, which would do more harm than good. Try to do your exercise routines in moderation. If you feel exhausted, then take a break. You can always get back to your routine once you feel better.
Take time to evaluate. Most exercise plans fail because the people who create and practice them are not flexible. Once you start, you might have different needs a few weeks or months into your exercise plan. You need to change your routines a bit, in order to progress. This is especially true in strength and weight training. You start small, then you gradually increase. Otherwise, you are only wasting your time.
Having the right exercise plan makes your fitness routine more enjoyable and fruitful. Consult with your trainer on how you can best tailor-fit an exercise plan for you. In case you have health concerns, be sure to ask your doctor for advice first, before starting an exercise regime.