Cover all areas
Whether you have a personal trainer or creating your own training programme, it’s best to try and include most of the above elements in your routine. Try to incorporate stretching, flexibility, balance training, core exercises, strength and aerobic exercises to promote a healthy active lifestyle.
Gather your equipment
You may begin by just buying some fitness shoes and clothing such as a gym top, leggings or shorts. All clothing and shoes should be suitable for the chosen activity for example, if you plan on running you may want shoes that are lightweight with shock absorption. Whereas, if you were planning on boxing, you would also want lightweight shoes but with little grip.
If you are planning on buying home gym equipment, select something that is practical and that you will enjoy using. Before doing so you may want to test out select equipment within a gym prior to buying your own. Fitness apps or trackers can also be beneficial to use to track calories consumed, how many steps you’ve taken or the amount of hours you sleep each night.
Now you are prepped and ready to go. When creating your exercise programme, consider the following tips;
Be creative: include several activities in your workout routine such as going to the gym, pilates or going for a bike ride, this will keep you motivated. You could even go for a family weekend hike or take an evening salsa class, find activities that you enjoy doing and you will notice that it won’t even feel like exercising.
Progress gradually: give yourself enough time to warm yourself up and then cool down this could simply be a walk or light stretching. Then continue with the workout at a pace that suits you then gradually build upon this when your stamina, strength and overall fitness improves.
Be flexible: it’s important to not be too strict on yourself and one day if you’re not completely feeling up to working out then that’s okay. Or, on days like these you could always swap your planned workout for a more moderate form of exercise then exercise more intensely when you are feeling up to it.
Listen to how your body feels: take note of how you are feeling, if you are in pain, have nausea, feel dizzy or short breath then it may be time to take a break. These could be signs of pushing your body too much and could result in injury.
If you need, split up your workouts: if you do not have enough time to fit in one long workout, why not incorporate several different activities throughout the day instead. Frequent short sessions have multiple aerobic benefits also, some exercise is better than nothing.
Track your progress
Continue to track and measure your progress, this way you will know how far you have come and the improvements you have made. You may be entirely happy with the progress you have made. Or, you may have noticed that you hit a plateau therefore, you will maybe need to increase the intensity of your workout, again do this gradually. If you get a loss of motivation, try mixing up your workouts or set yourself some new goals. As well as this, going to a fitness class or working out with a friend may also help.