Benefits of exercise are numerous and they can dramatically bring about many positive changes. If you are in a flux to choose the right fitness regime that suits your lifestyle and physical condition, here are six crucial factors to consider before you sign-up for a physical routine.
Be consistent. Even if you can’t tell the differences in your body right away. You will not always feel like jumping out of bed and hitting the gym but if it was easy we would all be walking around with perfect bodies.
Something I do recommend is to take a photo of your starting point. Sometimes we don’t see the differences in ourselves because we look in the mirror everyday and only see gradual changes. Comparing photos from day 1, week 2 and week 4 can be very motivating for the rest of your goals.
Fit Tip by Sarah Allen
Fitness goal – Your fitness goal is the main factor in deciding the kind of workout you will do. For example whether you are planning to improve athletic performance or want to put down some weight. Your goals should be realistic and should not significantly radically change your lifestyle. Typically there are three fitness goals that motivate people to sign up for fitness regime.
Build muscles – If you are looking for a fitness regime that helps you build muscles, you will need to eat more calories than you burn, but then at the same time your fitness regime should also include fast-twitch activities such as high intensity interval training (HIIT).
Lose weight – If your goal is to lose weight, then you will need to consume lesser calories than you burn. If you don’t, no matter what you do, you will not lose weight. Your fitness regime should be such in this case that challenges your body to burn more calories. You should also try various exercises to prevent your body to adapt to particular exercise, otherwise you will hit plateau.
Build endurance – If your objective is to build endurance, don’t expect to build bigger muscles. Workouts in this case are completely different and prepare your body for specific tasks. Don’t expect to build muscles, since excess calories are used to build endurance.
Your health – Health is at the center of your heart when you plan to embark on any type of health and fitness activities. Obviously, your fitness regime should benefit your health and that’s going to happen only when you are physically fit to take it up. You should assess your risk factor for exercise by considering any medical condition you may have. Should you have any health problems, consult your doctor before exercising.
Present physical fitness level – In order to make informed decision to pick appropriate fitness regime, you should consider in what physical shape you are in right now. It will prevent you from any injury or being over ambitious for advanced exercise program. Consult your physical trainer at the gym to determine the intensity and level at which you should start working out.
Age – Your age also plays a crucial role in determining what kind of exercise is right for you. With age our body loses some resiliency, making us prone to some injuries more easily while taking more time to heal. You should gradually increase the intensity of any exercise to allow your body to adapt without injury. Gradual changes can bring about major improvements in physical fitness over period of time.