Originally published on personal-development.com
Everyone has different needs in establishing a solid fitness routine. Fitness routines can vary greatly depending on financial resources and time and scheduling constraints. In this article, Michael Evan Salley discusses three important steps and approaches to developing a fitness routine that is realistic and workable.
Assess Your Fitness Goals and Plan
Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, train for sports, or just get healthier, assessing your specific goals is the important first step in developing a solid approach to a fitness program. You should certainly design a routine that fits with your daily schedule, whatever it may be. Fitness is a habit and you should make the development of that habit as simple as it can be. To the extent that you can add variety and new challenges to your program, it will be more likely to be successful long-term. Planning is also key to any routine’s success, and written scheduling and accountability to the schedule will add to your chances for sticking to a winning plan.
Before beginning any fitness program, you should evaluate your goals with your health care provider in order to determine what routine is best for your personal circumstances.
When You Have Time and Resources
If you have the time in your schedule for a significant investment in fitness and the resources to take advantage of personal training and fitness classes, there are many options available. A quality personal trainer will provide a total focus on your needs as their client. Personal trainers are typically qualified and good trainers enjoy a reputation of being great teachers in addition to just knowing how to “crack the whip.”
Personal training can include nutritional and general health support in addition to physical exercise. Working with a solid personal trainer is good for preventing injury as well, and with effective rehabilitation when an injury does occur.
Another way that the expense and time involved with working with a personal trainer can pay off is through accountability. A good trainer is not just a teacher but also a personal workout partner who will help you remain consistent with your goals and fitness commitments.
When You Are Short on Resources
If you do not have the money to spend on personal training, self-training may be the solution for you. Multiple-use equipment (exercise balls, home cardio stations, fitness steps and the like) for home use can be as effective as a more expensive gym membership.
Working out at home is also effective with workout videos acting as your personal trainer. Outdoor training and running are free anywhere that you have a street, yard, or park to use for working out.
Running, walking, or biking clubs are another great way to get into a solid fitness routine without a big capital investment. Getting some of that old sports equipment out of the closet can also pay big dividends.
When You Are Short on Time
If your personal or work schedule is tight on time, you may find the greatest fitness benefit in regular higher-intensity classes. Instead of wandering around the gym looking for a machine or for motivation, a class runs on a precise schedule for people just like you who need to make the very most of their workout time.
Taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator is another excellent way to use your time at work to get a good workout in during your lunch break. Even if your workplace does not have workout facilities, there are other workouts you can do with light weights during lunchtime and at other breaks.
Parking a few blocks away from work or getting off of the train one stop early also gives you a great opportunity to work in time for some cardio on the way to or home from work as well.
Michael Evan Salley adds that “every person’s fitness routine will be successful only if it is designed with an individual’s particular circumstances in mind. Fitness is not a one-size-fits-all process but should take into account a person’s particular health needs along with financial and time constraints.”
Mr. Salley is a results-driven individual who takes pride in performing his job with excellence every time. He is organized, driven, and has experience managing teams and solving problems. He has a Master of Construction Science and Management and ground-level experience.
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