If you ask a group of 50 people whether they like to exercise or “workout”, a large majority will probably say no. This dread of working out makes it extremely difficult if you’re trying to get healthier or lose a little weight. After all, it’s tough enough when you like the process, but if you don’t, then you’re going to have a hard time making the positive changes stick.
One way to overcome this issue is to find the ideal workout for you. By coming up with an exercise plan that suits your particular needs and lifestyle, you’ll find it easier and more fun to do. This means regular and consistent workouts, which will give you regular and consistent results.
How do you locate this type of workout plan?
Consider your lifestyle
Too many times, people try to mold their life around their exercise versus the other way around. This creates problems as the changes work against you versus being incorporated seamlessly into your life. So, before you know it, you’re back to your old habits and getting further away from your health and wellness goals.
Instead, create a exercise plan that fits your schedule. For example, if you’re a morning person, why not get up a few minutes earlier and do it then? Or, if you have an hour off at lunch, that’s a great time to fit in a workout and re-energize your afternoon.
Think about your goals
Another important consideration when creating your ideal workout is your goals. Specifically, why do you want to exercise? Is it to lose weight? Gain muscle? Reduce stress? Move around easier?
Realizing this up front can help you pick the exercise program that will best help you meet that particular goal. For instance, if you want to bulk up your muscles, then strength training is critical, but if you’re just after some stress relief, then walking or dancing will likely be more satisfying.
Ask an expert
If you’re not sure what type of workouts are best for you, which ones will help you create the body you want, it helps to ask someone who knows a thing or two in this area and can help you figure that out. This person could be a personal trainer, health coach, or even your family doctor.
The point is to find someone who can take your history and current health and fitness status and put them together to help you find or create a workout regimen that is personalized for you. This will provide you better and safer results, making it a win-win all the way around.
Pick workout activities you like
One of the worst things you can do when exercising is engaging in activities you don’t even enjoy. While you might do them for a little bit, you’ll likely give up and walk away eventually. Plus, making your body healthier should be something you look forward to, not something you dread.
When coming up with activities you’d probably like, think about where you want to workout, what exercise options would be most convenient for you, and whether you prefer to exercise alone or with others. Also, think about activities you’d look enjoy doing and maybe even some new ones you want to try.
Do these four things and you’ll be able to find the ideal workout for you. When this happens, the trim and healthy person that you envision is definitely in your future. Isn’t that a pleasurable thought?
By Shelly Stinson | Shelly.Stinson@outlook.com