Everyone has different bodies and different needs, so there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to exercise. Here are 7 things to look at when looking for the right workout regime.
1. What are your goals?
Different goals require different types of exercise, so you need to ask yourself what you want the outcome to be. Whether its weight loss, toning, preparation for a sporting event or just general fitness, the plan will depend on your destination. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect to achieve your goals overnight.
2. Does the plan fit into your schedule?
If you find you’re already time-poor, you don’t want a plan that requires 5 or 6 days of intense exercise every week. The schedule may affect your goals and vice versa – just be sure to set realistic goals with a timetable you can commit to.
3. What do you enjoy?
Exercise should be challenging but enjoyable. There’s no point starting a plan that you’re not going to enjoy – you’ll just start finding excuses to avoid it. You might like to stick to one or two key routines day in and day out, or you might need a variety of routines and classes to keep your interest. In any case, ensure your plan won’t bore you or have you looking for a way out.
4. What equipment do you need?
Different exercise plans will require different tools and equipment. Purchasing all the equipment you need yourself could run you thousands of dollars, when your local gym contains all the equipment you’ll need for almost any exercise plan. Then all you have to worry about is your workout playlist and a bottle of water!
5. Do you have support?
It can be hard to stick to a fitness plan on your own, so make sure you enlist some support to keep you motivated and on track. It may come in the form of a Personal Trainer, a friend with similar goals or a partner that can help you fit the plan into your day.
6. How are you fuelling your plan?
Choosing an exercise plan may also mean choosing an eating plan that helps you achieve your goal and maximise the impact of your exercise plan. While there’s plenty of information available online, for tailored food advice, you should consult a Nutrition Advisor or Dietitian.
7. Is it working?
Make sure you evaluate your progress to see if your plan is working. You may need to make some adjustments or find a new plan altogether. If you’re unsure about why your plan isn’t working, consult with a Personal Trainer for some advice and a new plan.
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