How should I begin planning my exercise routine?


When planning your exercise routine, it’s important set goals, and to know how much time you’re willing to dedicate to reaching these goals. A good rule of thumb is to set aside at least 40 minutes to an hour each day, and make sure your workouts fit within this time frame.  As a beginner, you should be able to complete your cardiovascular workout and your resistance training within roughly an hour.


If you’re just in the planning stages of your exercise routine, a good place to start is in what’s known as the Stabilization Endurance Phase. Exercises in this phase build the foundation for more rigorous and demanding resistance exercise, and minimize your risks for injury. Exercises in this phase are stabilization or balance based, requiring your muscles to work together to stabilize your joints while performing exercises.

Planning your exercise routine is a huge step on the road to fitness. To start planning you should first identify any limitations you may have. Your doctor will be a big help here because they can advise you on anything that may impact what type of exercises you choose. The next step in planning your exercise routine will be determining what type of fitness goals you are working towards. Someone who wants to lose weight or gain strength, for instance, will follow a different type of routine than someone looking to maintain their current weight. The next step would be to identify fitness activities that you are truly interested in. Planning a program full of activities you don't want to do will likely end in failure. Instead, pick activities you already have an interest in. If you like social activities group exercise might be fun. If you like being outside pick activities like walking or jogging. Once you determine what activities you want to participate in, slowly incorporate them into your daily routine. Starting slow can keep you from feeling overwhelmed and can help ensure that fitness becomes a part of your everyday life.
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The important thing is to find something that works for you and fits in with your lifestyle.  It is better to start off slowly by making small changes that you can stick with, than to create a plan that changes every aspect of your life.  Small changes done consistently over time can lead to big results.

What leads to failure for many is taking too much on a one time.  Going from not exercising at all to working out 5-7 times a week can be too much.  If you can only manage two days a week to workout, then plan for that and stick with it.  It is much easier to commit to and doesn't feel as much like a chore. Then as it becomes a habit, you can start adding additional days while still ensuring it fits in with your lifestyle. 

    When choosing a fitness program there are so many options readily available that it can be not only confusing but intimidating!  There are a few core questions that you can ask yourself to help you make an educated decision.  First of all are you healthy enough to engage in a fitness routine?  For example, do you have any medical conditions, or past injuries? If so always go to your primary care physician for an exam to verify that you are able to start truly working towards your objectives.  
   There are other aspects to choosing a program also, such as what type of activities do you enjoy?  Do you prefer gyms, or possibly at home DVD's or is there fitness equipment available to you at home?  What are my goals?  If you are active is what your currently doing helping you reach your goals?  How much time time or frequency do you have available?  
  Almost every community has fitness facilities with fitness professionals that can help you design a program that is geared toward your goals.  If working out by yourself doesnt seem very appeasing try to find a workout buddy that helps keep you motivated and interested or possibly work with a trainer.  Group fitness , such as classes offered at a gym, are also great options.  Or you may enjoy the comfort and privacy of your home, and there are many at home fitness programs available.
  It may seem like alot of choices but by realistic about your goals and finding the right fit for you is not only important in reaching your goals but also making fitness a lifestyle you love. 

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