7 Ways to Kick Off your Fitness Routine
Get Started on a Fitness Routine
January is the time fitness centres are busiest with people making fitness-related resolutions. There is a lot of energy to start with but it is unfortunate that the enthusiasm is often short-lived and the resolution is forgotten in a few days. It takes a planned approach to get on with the fitness plan and attain the results with time. The mantra for success is simple – fitness goal should always stay fresh in your mind (as it was on day 1) and motivation must always be high. Starting a fitness program is an important decision. Here are some essential steps for kick starting any fitness routine.
Fitness Level Evaluation
The first thing you need to do is get an idea of how fit you are. It is only after the assessment of fitness levels that you will know how you have to work out and not overdo it. You only need estimates and approximate fitness scores to get to know your aerobic and muscular fitness. You must also know your body composition and flexibility. Simple tests like how many pushups you can do at one go, your pulse rate before and after you walk a kilometre with duration, your waist circumference and your body mass index will give you a basic idea of your fitness levels.
Fitness Routine Design
You need a plan to exercise every day. You must be clear as to why you are starting a fitness program – is to help lose weight? Or preparing for a marathon? Set a realistic goal. When you have a clear goal, then only you can create a balanced fitness routine. Depending on your fitness goal, decide on the activities you need to include. Make sure you work on different parts of your body by including different activities such as walking, swimming and strength training in your routine. To make it easier, decide on the time to exercise. Make exercise a part of your routine.
Slow but Steady Approach
You should always know your limits. Don’t think of it as a challenge or a competition that you need to win. Go at your own pace. If you have just begun to exercise, start cautiously and progress slowly. Going too fast can have consequences; you are more likely to be tired of working out the next day, may pick up an injury or even a medical condition. A responsive communication with the fitness trainer is a must for a program that gradually improves your range of motion, strength, endurance and overall fitness.
Keeping Things Interesting
Any fitness routine will become uninteresting if you continue to do the same thing you do every day. Sticking to one or two types of exercise can get a little dull; think beyond the treadmill and the weights, especially when you exercise consistently three or four times a week. You may experiment with different activities such as yoga, swimming, rope skipping, biking, team sports and other activities that interest you. The more there is variety in your exercise program, the more fun it will be to follow.
Keeping Track of Progress
A lot of things may seem perfect from a distance, but in reality, they might not prove to be a good deal. Monitor your progress; seeing yourself go in the direction of your fitness goal is one of the best motivations. Retake your personal fitness assessment every three weeks after you start your program. Assessment of your fitness progress also helps you determine the need to increase the amount of time you exercise or make changes for further improvement.
Invest to Make Workouts Better
You have to be nice to yourself. You may think of investing in some cool fitness gadgets or equipment. This can help get you excited about your exercise plan. It can shore up your commitment to reach your fitness goal. There is a wide range of fitness gears and gadgets available to help track progress, give you challenge to test your physical abilities and more.
Don't Give Up
We all have those days when we don’t feel like working or get stuck somewhere that keeps us from working out. Don’t beat yourself up about and just get back on track the next day. You should think of becoming the person you want to be. It’s going to be tough and if you slip once, tell yourself it is okay. Just don’t let it happen again! If you don't see any results at first, don't lose hope. You have to be patient. Remind yourself that progress may be slow, but you will notice it with time.
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