There are many factors to consider when choosing the best workout program for you. Your fitness level and lifestyle are the first things that come to mind. Also, your overall feeling about exercise. Exercise is a component of physical fitness and another important part of achieving lasting results.
It will be essential for you to first identify where you see yourself regarding exercise:
The Physical Part
- I am a sedentary person and don't exercise at all.
- I exercise occasionally. (a few times per month).
- I exercise regularly (3-5 times weekly).
The Mental Part
- I dislike the thought of exercising.
- I don't like exercise discomfort and being sore the next day.
- I don't like to get sweaty or feel hot.
- I feel overwhelmed, intimidated, and don't know what I am doing.
- I am too busy to exercise.
- I fear going to the gym.
- I can get bored easily and quit.
- I feel pretty confident with my exercise program.
- I enjoy going to the gym, feel stronger, and better because of it.
Choosing Your Workout Program
Acceptance of where you are physically and mentally will be the start of selecting the best workout program for you. Allowing yourself to be a beginner will be an important part of this process. It will also help with improving how you feel about exercise.
All components of fitness are individual and not universal making this about your program, your body, and your progress. Your workout may mimic an exercise program through guidance but it belongs to you. This is true for everyone at any fitness level.
That being said, the following tips will help you get motivated about choosing a workout program that works best for you:
- Accept and allow yourself to be a beginner. This may require enlisting the help of a qualified personal trainer, watching online fitness expert workshops and exercise classes, and buying books on the subject of exercise for beginners.
- Understand that exercise will be a temporary uncomfortable process. Change takes challenging your body and exercise discomfort is normal. Remember, short-term discomfort for lasting results. This will take getting comfortable with getting uncomfortable.
- Write down physical activity that sounds fun to you. Look into classes, videos, etc., that cater to your likes. This is very helpful for those who dislike the thought of exercising. You can do it!
- Make it a goal to exercise at least 3 days per week to start.
- A challenging workout will heat up your body and produce sweat. This will require a change of mindset for those uncomfortable with this. Remember, it's only for a short time and gets you closer to your goals. This also requires getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.
- Avoid boredom and promote muscle confusion by changing up your workout programs regularly. This will keep you motivated.
- Gain workout confidence by pushing past your fears and into the gym. This will feel hard, but each day will get easier. I promise!
- Being too busy is an unacceptable excuse not to take care of your fitness. This is an issue of priorities, not having time. Remove the calendar clutter and make time to exercise.
- Already confident in the gym but have hit a plateau? Research different ways to challenge your body, join a new fitness class, increase your weight resistance/reps. There is always a way to improve and progress your workout program.
- Your ultimate goal is to become a regular exerciser (3-5 times per week for life).
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