Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle mass, become more fit or simply make exercise a larger part of your daily routine, finding a suitable fitness plan can be challenging. This becomes especially apparent when you start browsing through the countless different routines and plans available on the internet.
There are also a variety of factors that need to be considered, such as your body type, previous experience, goals, availability of time and resources.
Some people are able to easily hit the gym on a daily basis, while others might only be able to fit the occasional morning run into their routine when starting off.
To make things easier, my friend Carol put together a guide for choosing the best fitness plan for your needs and of course, you can always fill out this application to connect with me, Susan and IGNITE your Fitness and Life!
What’s the Best Fitness Plan For You?
Identify Your Goals
What you plan to achieve upon undertaking your new fitness routine, a plan should be your first consideration. Do you want to lose weight or gain it in the form of muscle mass? Alternatively, you may be happy with your body and you just want to become and feel healthier. After all, exercise is one of the most important and healthiest things you should do.
Regardless of your goal, your next step should be to identify a motivating factor. In other words, the reason why you’re exercising in the first place. This will not only help you choose the right plan but also keep you on track and help you get started.
Consider Your Resources
When deciding on your approach, consider the time and money you have available to invest in your fitness plan. Do you want to go all out and buy your own home gym? Or are you comfortable with heading to a local gym? Or get the best bang for your buck with home workouts for $8 per month and a personal coach.
Perhaps bodyweight exercises or running is a better start – neither require any real investment other than a few minutes of time.
With any type of exercise, it’s extremely important to know the proper technique as this prevents injury and helps you get the most out of every minute you spend working out. Fortunately, the internet abounds with informational resources and communities where you can discuss different aspects of your fitness plan.
Beginners might find it a good idea to consult a professional. For example, a good personal trainer will do all the legwork and devise a bespoke routine for your goals, as well as providing guidance on techniques.
If you want to take your fitness training to a whole new level, why not study to become a personal trainer? If you live in Liverpool, Liverpool locals should consider this Liverpool based OriGym, which provides personal training qualifications, including part-time courses and workshop days. You can also Google these type of opportunities in your area.
Make the Most of Technology
Since we’re living in the era of fitness bands, workout apps, and smart devices, why not take advantage of all this technology to improve your fitness plan? For example, apps such as Nike+ offer a variety of curated workouts for stretching, yoga, bodyweight and much more, while fitness trackers can help you stay on top of your goals.
It’s no secret that making exercise a part of your daily routine can be tough from the beginning. Science shows MOST capable of creating this habit.
Plus, your future self will thank you for your efforts, as the benefits of being fit, strong and healthy completely outweigh the required effort.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement.
We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I’ve accepted that I am where I am and that’s a good thing.
2. Appreciation is everything. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I have found that when I appreciate everything I’m in a good space. I need to be more mindful of my tolerance of others.
3. Share with us one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
I’m proud of living my dream of an alternative lifestyle on a smallholding surrounded by animals. My dream is to make enough time to write and paint more.