Basic Exercise Planning

Posted on September 17, 2010
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A good fitness regimen is vital to stay healthy. A well though out plan is a key to the success of the workout. There are several things to consider when formulating an exercise plan.
What is your goal? Know what you are trying to accomplish before you start and decide , if you want to really do this or are you going to just start a six pack ab exercise program that will soon be forgotten by asking yourself whether you are you starting an exercise plan to lose weight,
or do you want to start it to maintain your weight, or are you concerned about your health, or is there some other driving force behind your desire to start exercising. Knowing what your goal is will make it much more achievable.
Think about your fitness level. Are you an exercise novice who has not tried this before? Do you have something that you already enjoy doing or feel that you are good at? Is there any equipment that you can use to help you workout. Talk to a medical professional before undertaking any physical activity to make sure you are healthy enough to do what you plan to do.
Don’t allow roadblocks to stop you. Know what you are going to do in advance. Mark the day you are going to begin on a calendar. Figure out how you are going to workout. Decide the types of workout you will do, where you will do them and for what period of time you will do them. Plan your time. It could be worthwhile for a person to wake up a little earlier and use a workout to start their day.
Clear out a part of your day that is dedicated to exercising that does not conflict with things such as work or school. If you schedule your workout time like any other appointment you will have more success. You can commit to a workout if it is written down and placed in a place that you see it everyday. Sign a contract with your self to get healthier.
Be aware of several hints that are needed once you get past the planning stage.
Do not try to run a marathon the first day. Trying to do more than you are capable of is the wrong way to start a successful fitness regimen. Avoid exercise programs that do not put a smile on your face at the end of the day. Add variety to your exercise plan. You can walk, do aerobics, go swimming or bicycling, do gardening, strength training or stretching. Boredom with an exercise is one of the main reasons quit trying.
Do not work out alone. Exercising is always more fun with a friend or family member, and helps keep you motivated, and if you can’t find the support of a person who is physically around you, turn to the internet and check out message boards such as the biggest loser weight loss forum to find the support that you will need to stick with a plan when it no longer seems worth it.
Try using the television to make a fitness regimen more fun. There is no rule against it. Use hand weights and leg weights. Do stretches. Walk in place or try using a treadmill. Exercise can be fun.
Start a journal to track your progress. Keep track of your fitness progress including how much you exercise and how much you eat and do not try to lose weight fasting as this is not the healthy way to lose weight and get fit and trim and to stay that way as this lets you know if you’re getting enough exercise and eating a balanced diet or if you need to work on it more. It’s also great motivation to see that you’re making progress.
It is important to keep trying. Make exercising a habit. It takes time to make or break any habit, good or bad. It is worth the benefits if you do this. Make sure to keep everything in your life in balance. A person will be happier when hey are feeling and looking better. Everything is easier for a person who has a balance of health and happiness.

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