Whether you have an exercise plan that was designed for you by a personal trainer, or are just wondering about the latest fitness craze you've heard about, it's important to make sure an exercise program is appropriate for you before you get started. The same exercise plan can be a dream for one person and a complete nightmare for another; there is no one-size-fits-all program. Everyone has different goals, time constraints, abilities and emotions. To ensure success in a fitness program it needs to be compatible to you in all these areas.
Think about the final goal you are trying to achieve by exercising. Some people exercise purely for health benefits, while others want to shed pounds or build big muscles. The exercise plan you choose should lead you down the road of what you would like to achieve. If you don't feel as if you are getting what you want out of a fitness program, you aren't likely to stick to it.
Many juggle several responsibilities on a daily basis and find it difficult to squeeze in workouts; others might be more flexible in this regard. Make sure your fitness plan works with your schedule and lifestyle. If you are a stay-at-home parent, a fitness plan that requires trips to the gym five days a week probably doesn't make much sense. If you travel frequently for work, it would be helpful for your fitness plan to include flexible, вЂњdo anywhereвЂќ workouts. If you can only spare 30 minutes a day to exercise, pick a plan with shorter-length workouts.
Take your physical ability into account to ensure the program you choose is appropriate for you. Previous knee or lower-back problems are common concerns with exercise, but age, pregnancy, weight, current physical fitness or other medical conditions should also be taken into account. Ask your doctor if you have any conditions that may limit your exercise options, and what you should avoid.
Since you are the person who will actually be going through theВ exercise plan, it should make sense to you. Being able to feel as though you can get behind a program is a powerful motivator. The greatest indicator that a plan will be successful is your ability to be consistent and follow along as recommended. If you can't get excited about a certain exercise plan, even if it seems perfect otherwise, keep looking until you find one you can't wait to start.
- If you would like a custom fitness plan made for you by a professional but don't want to shell out the big bucks for a personal trainer, ask one to create a custom plan for you to do on your own. While you will likely still have to pay a fee for this service, you will save a lot of money by not having to pay for the trainer's time during workouts.