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How To Pick A Fitness Routine That Works For You

How To Pick A Fitness Routine That Works For You

Whether you’re looking to pick a fitness routine for the New Year, or you’re just wanting to start one that’s different than what you’re doing now, there’s a few tips that can make choosing a little easier. There are thousands of fitness routines out there.  Deciding which one is right for you can be a little tricky, especially if you’ve never chosen one on your own before.

Follow these tips to help you pick a fitness routine that works for you and is easy to stick to! After all, you’ll be much more inclined to stick to a fitness routine you’ve carefully selected instead of one just randomly chosen online.

Pick A Fitness Routine: What are your strengths?

If cardio isn’t your strength, that’s totally okay. There are lots of weightlighting and strength training programs out there. If you absolutely know that running just isn’t your thing, don’t pick a running plan just because other people you know are doing it. It’s important to pick a fitness routine you’ll love and enjoy, not something you have to force on a daily basis.

The same goes for strength training. If you know that you absolutely love cardio and running, go for it! Whether you decide to train for a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or even full marathon, you’ll find enjoyment in it if you love running. Likewise, you could also choose to just do something like a run streak where you run a little bit every single day. Figure out what you like and do more of that…easy peasy.

Pick A Fitness Routine: What do you have time for?

If you only have time to work out 3 times a week, it probably isn’t a good idea to pick a more demanding fitness program that requires 5 or more workouts a week. Keeping your schedule in mind is important when picking a fitness routine – and be realistic! Consider other factors in your life that might limit your work out time. Additionally, if you don’t have time for a 1 hour workout, try finding something short and simple like yoga, Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (30 minutes long), or just go for a 30 minute run.

I have found that doing my workout first thing in the morning is easiest for me because I don’t put it off and run out of awake hours. Figure out a time that works and schedule it in.

Pick A Fitness Routine: Consider your budget.

Fitness can be as inexpensive as a pair of running shoes to upwards of hundreds of dollars a month. Both can be successful depending on the person. Before you shell out the big bucks, make sure that you are going to follow through.

Personally, I have donated hundreds of dollars to gyms I never visited through the years. I have figured out that I am much more likely to work out at home. I’ve recently purchased all access to the Beach Body exercise videos through a friend. I’m also doing a 31 day yoga challenge on YouTube. Another great (and free) option is Bikini Body Mommy. All are easy to follow, relatively short and get you moving. Looking for an out-of-home option? I have heard GREAT things about Orange Theory (unfortunately, the three in Calgary are all far, far away from me).

Ultimately, it’s about picking something you actually enjoy and can stick to. There will always be days that you don’t feel like getting a workout in and that’s okay. Just get back on track the next day! It’s important to give yourself rest days and take days off when you really aren’t feeling it, whether sick or otherwise. As long as you keep getting back in the saddle, you’ll be making great strides in your fitness!

What type of fitness routine are you thinking about trying this year? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

Picking a Fitness Routine

Scatteredmom

Friday 6th of January 2017

I started off slow. Three days a week on a treadmill, at a light setting, for 3.5 Km. More or less I wanted to get into the habit. I made sure to have music and water so that I could just tune out and enjoy the music while I walked.

Then I slowly upped the difficulty, the speed, the length until I was doing 6 km at a fast walk at the highest difficulty setting. I stick to 3-4 days a week-build it into your routine, and it's a little easier.

These days I throw in about 20 minutes of weights, sometimes a bit of time on the rowing machine, and a little lighter on the walking. I change it up when I feel I need some variety. It's important to listen to your body and if you're feeling tired or that you've overdone it, to take a break. Possibly the best thing is in the beginning just to make the goal being able to GO and keep the routine.

Merry Kuchle

Friday 6th of January 2017

YES! Figure out what you will actually DO.