Starting a fitness program could be one of the healthiest things you can do. There may be a variety of reasons why you don’t want to be active. But there are so many more reasons to get fit!
Physical activity can help you lose weight, enhance your balance and coordination, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and even improve your sleep habits and self-esteem.
How To Make A Fitness Program
It’s easy to promise yourself that you’ll workout every day. However, you’ll need a strategy. Keep the following points in mind when you create your fitness program:
- Be specific. Saying something like “I’ll be active three days a week” works better than “I’ll exercise more.”
- Be realistic. If you try to increase your activity a lot all at once, you may get overwhelmed.
- Go slow. Instead of tackling multiple goals at once, try focusing on just one. After a few weeks of sticking to your goal, check if you can add another one.
PICK SMALL STEPS
- Break your goal into smaller steps. It will feel more manageable this way. Start by thinking out which days may work if your goals is “I’ll be active three days a week.”
- Pick items you enjoy. You are more inclined to continue participating in things that you enjoy. Ask a friend to join you for a walk, for example, to make it more enjoyable.
- Enter a few steps on your calendar. Pick days. That way you won’t forget and you’ll make sure you have enough time.
MONITOR YOUR PROGRESS
- Check your list. See what you’ve done in the past week.
- Did you skip a lot of your fitness time? Don’t give up! It takes time to develop new habits. This is an opportunity to examine what is obstructing your progress and then devise remedies. Perhaps you should exercise in the morning rather than at night.
- Did you succeed a lot of the time? Celebrate! Reward yourself! Tell your friends and family! You might inspire them.
Assemble Your Equipment
You’ll most likely begin with sports sneakers. Make sure you get shoes that are made for the activity you want to do. Running shoes, for example, are lighter than cross-training shoes, which are more supportive.
If you’re going to buy exercise equipment, make sure it’s practical, enjoyable, and simple to use. Before purchasing your own equipment, you may want to try out several types of equipment at a fitness club.
Consider using fitness apps for smart devices or other activity tracking gadgets, such as ones that count distance, calories burned, or heart rate.
You’re now ready to take action. Keep the following suggestions in mind as you begin your fitness program:
- Gradually ease into it. Allow plenty of time to warm up and cool down with mild stretching or easy walking. Then increase your speed to a level where you can maintain it for five to ten minutes without becoming exhausted. Gradually increase the amount of time you workout as your stamina improves. Increase your exercise time to 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week.
- Break it up if needed. You don’t have to complete all of your workout at once; you may include it into your daily routine. Shorter but more frequent workouts are also beneficial to the body’s aerobic system. Short workouts several times a day may fit into your schedule better than a single 30-minute workout. Any level of exercise is preferable to none.
- Be creative. Walking, bicycling, or rowing are all possible additions to your fitness program. Don’t stop there, though. Take a weekend stroll with your family or go ballroom dancing in the evening. To add to your workout routine, find things that you enjoy.
- Pay attention to your body. Take a pause if you experience pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or nausea. It’s possible that you’re overworking yourself.
- Be flexible. Allow yourself to take a day or two off if you’re not feeling well.
Choosing to begin an exercise program is a significant decision. However, it does not have to be onerous. By planning carefully and pacing yourself, you can establish a healthy habit that lasts a lifetime.