There are many ways to get in shape and love the process at the same time. No one is opposed to being in the best shape of their life, as getting in shape provides a person with:
- Increased mood and improved sleep patterns
- Decreased risk for future health problems
- Enhanced overall physical fitness.
However, many are opposed to finding the motivation to actually put in the work and think that working out is boring or that they have better things to do with their day than to exercise. What would these same people do if they could tailor their workouts according to their interests or customize their own routine?
With these steps and options, you should have no problem creating your routine to fit both your lifestyle and your interests.
Assess Your Current Situation
What are you doing now in terms of exercising? Is your current routine working for you? Are there any aspects of your fitness routine that are working and you want to keep? What about additions you would like to make?
By asking yourself these questions, you can start to create a workout that works for your level of fitness and schedule. It’s recommend that you reach out to a personal trainer to help get your customized plan started and keep you on track.
Accept Your Reality
Figure out your time commitment to identify what workouts can be done within your time restrictions. Determine how often you can commit to this timeframe and where this can happen. There are benefits to both training at home or in the gym; it’s just a matter of personal preference.
Establish a Routine
When just getting started, it is useful to develop a full body routine to do about three times a week. Be sure that those total body exercise incorporate these five categories:
- Glutes and Hamstrings
- Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps
- Back, Biceps, Forearms, and Core
Each of these categories can be targeted in a variety of workouts. You can do these with just body weight exercises or with some weights or heavy objects at home. Otherwise, gyms will have the right equipment to perform these regimens, along with cardio. Oftentimes, group classes also offer a great mix of cardio and strength workouts.
Invest In Home Fitness Equipment And Join A Gym
By putting a piece of cardio equipment in your home, you can work out at your own convenience.
When joining a gym, you have a wider variety of both cardio and strength equipment available, so you will not be limited when planning your own workout. Group classes are also a great option to keep the workouts interesting and hold you accountable in a room full of friends (or strangers).
Depending on the focus, many group exercise classes also balance strength with cardio. Trading in one individual workout routine a week for a group workout can be extremely beneficial on the physical level, as well as your mental/social levels. Many group classes are formed for those with backgrounds and interests in:
- Different music genres like jazz, show tunes, and music influenced by world cultures
Whatever your style, whatever your commitment, it is important to enjoy your workout. Keeping yourself motivated will also keep yourself on track to reach your fitness goals.