Effective Excercise Planning To Ensure You Hit Your Goals
Regardless of what your goals are for your exercise plan, whether it be to lose weight, gain muscle or increase endurance or flexibility, it is vitally important that you set yourself a realistic schedule in order to achieve these goals. This may seem obvious but how many people can you think of who start out there fitness plan full of enthusiasm and motivation only to gradually slip and not follow their plan as they originally intended. In this article we will look at some of the ways you can set yourself a realistic exercise schedule and make sure you can stick to it and achieve your fitness goals.
1. Write Down Your Plan
It may sound simple but this seems to be a common task that people often overlook. You may decide to go for a 30 minute jog every other day as part of your designated fitness plan. Writing this down on say a planner or calendar sets this in stone and helps you keep on track. It also enables you to track your progress and when you see you have kept to your plan for 2 months, only motivates you further.
2. Determine How Much Time You Can Spare For Exercise
I have seen this many times and Iâ€™m sure you have too, your friend has decided to lose weight and seems so enthusiastic they begin working out every day. After only a week or 2 they start missing days here and there and then all of a sudden stops working out at all. If you set an unrealistic schedule you will soon tire of it, especially if you see your friends going out and enjoying themselves and you are missing out. By setting aside a realistic amount of time each week you are far more likely to continue exercising than if you allocate too much time to fitness.
3. Pick Activities you Enjoy Doing
It goes without saying that if you enjoy playing football and you incorporate this into your exercise regime then you will more likely keep it up than force yourself to do something that you donâ€™t enjoy doing. If you include jogging in your schedule but you hust donâ€™t like doing it then you will soon find excuses not to carry on.
4. Start Off Small Then Work Up
When you embark on any fitness plan you are best off starting small. When you first begin your fitness levels and endurance are likely to be low and as you work on your fitness these will start increasing. As your fitness levels increase you can then increase you regime in line with your level of fitness. A lot of people will start off expecting to do too much only to find themselves injured or fatigued early on in their schedules.
5. Seek Medical Advice
This is vitally important. Before starting any exercise plan see your doctor and have them assess you. A doctor will be best placed to decide on your current level of fitness and help you plan how much exercise you should incorporate to achieve your goals.
Above all else, try and have fun, If you donâ€™t enjoy doing your exercises then you will more than likely not stick to doing them for long.