Let's be honest. Fitness isn't just about looking good on the beach. It's about feeling good in your skin and taking care of your health. However, too many of us have the misconception that we can't reach our fitness goals without shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars for expensive gym memberships and personal trainers. While personal trainers can be helpful, there is still plenty of things you can do to get on the road to good health without hiring one. Even if you are a complete novice, you can still develop an effective workout routine on your own if you follow a few simple guidelines.
Before you begin any exercise routine, please consult with your doctor.
Step One: Set Clear Goals and Realistic Expectations
Goal setting is key to success for any endeavor. Be sure to write down your goals in a clear and concise way. Take some time to complete this step. Talk to your doctor and be honest with yourself about what you can do consistently and the kind of results you can expect to see with the level of commitment you have. Maybe you only have thirty minutes three times a week to devote to your fitness. That's okay as long as you don't expect dramatic weight loss after a week.
Step Two: Think Like A Trainer
Now that you have an idea of what you want to accomplish you are going to need an action plan. I can't stress enough how useful it is to write your plan down on paper so that you have a clear understanding of where you're going and how you plan to get there. You'll need to include a few elements in your plan. They are:
It's recommended to plan for five days of training and two rest days per week. One of those days should be an "active rest" day, where instead of training you do some gentle, restorative activity like swimming, stretching (yoga), or a leisurely walk.
The best way to avoid troublesome plateaus and injuries is to vary your routine. Choose three or four activities that you enjoy and make them part of your weekly routine. Even if you are training for a marathon, mixing swimming, yoga, and weight training into your routine will help you see great results and avoid injury.
Keep it challenging
It's important not to get complacent. Keep finding ways to make your routine more challenging as time goes by.
Write everything down
Keep records of everything so you can chart your progress and make adjustments. Keep track of your diet as well to note any possible correlations.
Step Three: Be Consistent
Fitness is a lifelong journey. If all you can do is a quick fifteen-minute workout before work then do it. Every minute you spend working on your health is more beneficial than doing nothing. The internet has made a wealth of free or low-cost resources available to you from the comfort of your home. Resources like ModernFit and apps that track your diet can help you. Don't be discouraged or intimidated by impressive hour-long home workout videos or fitness experts with trim bodies. Find resources that work for you and stick with it.