Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Finding the Best Exercise Program That Works For You

Are you struggling with finding the right workout? You're not alone. It can feel overwhelming with so many different programs available.

The Best Exercise Program

The best exercise program is one that works for your body and lifestyle. It's also one you should enjoy and keeps you coming back for more.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best workout program for you. Your fitness level and lifestyle are the first things that come to mind. Also, your overall feeling about exercise.

Exercise is a component of physical fitness and an important part of achieving lasting results. Keeping this in mind, it will be essential for you to first identify where you see yourself regarding exercise:

The Physical Part

  • I am a sedentary person and don't exercise at all.
  • I exercise occasionally. (a few times per month).
  • I exercise regularly (3-5 times weekly).

The Mental Part

  • I dislike the thought of exercising.
  • I don't like exercise discomfort and being sore the next day.
  • I don't like to get sweaty or feel hot.
  • I feel overwhelmed, intimidated, and don't know what I am doing.
  • I am too busy to exercise.
  • I fear going to the gym.
  • I can get bored easily and quit.
  • I feel pretty confident in my exercise program.
  • I enjoy going to the gym, feel stronger, and better because of it.

Choosing Your Workout Program

Acceptance of where you are physically and mentally will be the start of selecting the best workout program for you. Allowing yourself to be a beginner will be an important part of this process. It will also help with improving how you feel about exercise. 

All components of fitness are individual, not universal, and should be used to create a personal program that caters to your body and your progress. Your workout may mimic an exercise program through guidance but it belongs to you. This is true for everyone at any fitness level.

That being said, the following tips will help you get motivated about choosing a workout program that works best for you:

  • Accept and allow yourself to be a beginner. This may require enlisting the help of a qualified personal trainer, watching online fitness expert workshops and exercise classes, and buying books on the subject of exercise for beginners. 
  • Understand that exercise will be a brief uncomfortable process. Change takes challenging your body and exercise discomfort is normal. Remember, short-term discomfort for lasting results. This will take getting comfortable with getting uncomfortable. 
  • Write down physical activity that sounds fun to you. Look into classes, videos, etc., that cater to your likes. This is very helpful for those who dislike the thought of exercising.
  • Make it a goal to exercise at least 3 days per week to start.
  • A challenging workout will heat up your body and produce sweat. This will require a change of mindset for those uncomfortable with this. Remember, it's only for a short time and gets you closer to your goals. This also requires getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.
  • Avoid boredom and promote muscle confusion by changing up your workout programs regularly. This will keep you motivated.
  • Gain workout confidence by pushing past your fears and into the gym. This will feel hard, but each time will get easier.
  • Being too busy is an unacceptable excuse not to take care of your fitness. This is an issue of priorities, not having time. Remove the calendar clutter and make time to exercise. 
  • Already confident in the gym but have hit a plateau? Research different ways to challenge your body, join a new fitness class, increase your weight resistance/reps. There is always a way to improve and progress your workout program.

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  1. I started with a trainer in september. I have a few lbs and inches. Doing cardio 5 days. Weights with upper and lower body workouts 2 times a week. Looking and pumping up the volume to 3 days on the strenght training. Doing yoga at home on off days and have increase energy levels. Cant wait to see the bew me but do enjoy the beginner stage as well.ligging in on my fitness pal has been a big help to me as well as my trainer. I know I would have given up by now with them both

    1. Hi Robin, thanks for reading, and sharing your awesome feedback. Keep up the great progress and would love another update in another 4 weeks. You are and CAN do it. Be well and Stay Healthy!

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    enjoy the blogs.....
    anything on your site for seniors..i am a 78 year old male...go to gym 3x/week..mostly treadmill about 20-30 minutes i would call it "moderate interval intensity.." get pulse up then slow treadmill down....usually try to keep pulse below 120

    1. Hi Lee - sorry for the error message. I have tested my contact link and it appears to working on my end.

      To clarify your question - are you looking for a personal trainer? Or helpful information for seniors. My Blog here is a good resource of fitness information and motivation for people of all ages. It appears you have a great cardio routine at 3x weekly. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly. And it is important for all age groups to include resistance, core, and flexibility training as part of a balanced program. I hope this is helpful.

      Take care


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