Creating a Sustainable Personal Exercise Plan
Are you someone who starts an exercise plan with the best of intentions only to see those plans fall apart before you reap any real benefits? Exercising is tough, but if you have an effective exercise plan in place, you will be able to stick with it and become stronger and healthier as a result. Putting such a plan together is not as tough as you might think. Here are some suggestions to help you get started on your own personal exercise plan.
Basic Principles of an Exercise Plan
Creating your own sustainable personal exercise plan involves a little more than just jotting down some routines you'd like to implement. There are some criteria to follow that may well be crucial to your success or failure. Begin with these five recommendations as the starting place for your planning phase. Map out your goals and your vision and then create an exercise plan that you can reasonably stick with. It can and should evolve over time as your condition and your goals change, but you have to have a starting point and then move up from there.
- Find Your Motivation – Sticking with an exercise plan is easier when you understand the important benefits that it delivers. A solid plan will help you lose weight, gain extra energy, and potentially help stave off all kinds of health issues.
- Get the Balance Right – There are 3 key components to every workout, which are strength, fitness, and cardiovascular health. Your plan should contain training that encompasses as least two of those components in every exercise. Swimming is a perfect example of just such an activity.
- Adopt a Healthy Diet – Working out requires energy, which you can get from nutrient dense foods. Cutting back on calories will also help you lose weight.
- Patience is Key – If you stick with your exercise plan, you will see the results, although perhaps not as quickly as you would like. It is worth remembering, though, that losing weight gradually, as opposed to losing a lot of weight quickly, means that you are more likely to keep it off.
- Consider a Doctor Visit Before You Begin – If you have been living a sedentary lifestyle and are over 35, you may want to consult your doctor before starting any exercise program. Your physician can help you put together a program that works for your current health situation.
Basic Techniques for Sticking to Your Exercise Plan
Next comes the hard part. With the preliminary steps done and your plan in place, you now have to implement your plan and find the will and the motivation to stick with it over the long term. Some of this is just will power – making yourself do something even on the days when you don't want to – and some of it is technique and routine. Here are some strategies to help you keep your eyes on the prize and follow through on your exercise plan, even when you might prefer to have a beer and watch a movie.
- Set Clear Goals – If you're already happy with your weight and simply want to improve your health, moderate exercise may be enough. If you have loftier goals, such as running a marathon, you’ll need to do some serious preparation.
- Maintain a Regular Schedule – It’s easier to remain consistent and on task when you have a definite schedule in place. Create an exercise calendar that fits in with your work and home life, making it tougher to skip exercise sessions when they come around.
- Mix Things Up – It’s easy to become bored if you're doing the same things every day. Mix up your workouts and consider doing something new, such as taking a yoga class.
- Anticipate Bumps in the Road – There are going to be obstacles that arise during your fitness plans. For example, if weather gets in the way of your daily walk or run, look for exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
- Challenge Yourself – Your body will quickly adapt to familiar movements, so increase repetitions or resistance to continue upping the exercise ante.
- Steer Clear of Injuries – The reality is that most injuries are preventable. Use the proper form and gear when exercising, and also be sure to take rest days to help your body recover. A personal trainer can help you master the proper form when you are first getting started.
- Ask for Help – Exercising can be a bit of a solitary activity, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. An exercise buddy can help you stay motivated, while joining an online fitness forum can help you connect with people who have goals similar to your own.
- Start a Reward Program – When you reach each new goal or weight loss landmark, treat yourself a little. This could be in the form of a fat-free treat or a new piece of exercise equipment.
Stick With It
Approach your exercise plan and its implementation with some discipline and organization and a sense of fun. With a little bit of planning and effort, you'll see great results from your exercise program. Stick with the plan over the long haul and you'll end up looking and feeling great. And your doctor may give you a sucker as a reward.
Let RX Fitness Equipment Help
If you're in the planning stages of a new exercise plan and you'd like to discuss is with a professional, RX Fitness works with hundreds of coaches, personal trainers, and nutritionists. We'd be happy to refer you to one who can help. If you're looking for a great selection of fitness equipment and accessories of all kinds, we carry the top brands to fit every goal and budget and we're here to make your fitness routine more productive. Stop by our store in Thousand Oaks or give us a call. And don't forget to check out Tim's best-selling book, Fitness Equipment – A Shopper's Guide, available at Amazon and other online book sellers as well as in our store.
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