How to Choose a Fitness Program
Not only can starting a new Fitness Program be daunting, but also choosing one can be a task in itself. With the abundance of information around us, we are constantly bombarded with contradicting information every passing minute. “Should I pick a body-building program?” “Oh, I don’t want to bulk up, just want to get toned/lean”. “I’m not a Yoga person”. “Oh I can’t do push-ups”. Many such thoughts are bombarded while learning about Fitness Programs. We all are very well aware of the fact that we do need to push ourselves out of our comfort zones if we want to work towards a new goal. If that’s not your goal, I suggest you stop reading this blog right away so you can save your time. Or perhaps read it when you’re absolutely ready to commit to changing your life for a better “you”.
For those that are still with me, read on.
While choosing a Fitness Program, you must first define your goal. Are you planning on running a marathon, or preparing to become a body-builder, or just lose weight, to dance better, to become a Martial Artist or perhaps gain a few pounds of muscle? It all depends on what your goal is. If you’re really unsure of which direction you would like to go, pick a program that has all (or at least most) of the aspects covered. Why? Simply because you will be exploring the various aspects of fitness and find something that excites you and you might want to bifurcate in that direction. Sometimes, we don’t know what we might be good at, unless we explore in that direction, we’ll never know. A program that would have Strength Training (both functional and isolation, a topic that I briefly covered here), Cardiovascular training (both High Intensity Interval Training and Steady State Cardio), Yoga, Pilates, Recovery, Stretching, Martial Arts, and the like. Remember, the more the variety, the more you’ll be able to understand what excites you. You could even try to do a particular type of routine to see if that fits well. For instance, you could start an all out lifting routine to see if that’s a good fit for you. Or it could be HIIT Cardiovascular training that you absolutely love. In general, remember you still have to work with variety in your routine to make sure you’re keeping a balance in your system. Every once in a while, take breaks and work on something that you don’t like for a week or so. Don’t get too comfortable doing the same type of routines over and over. You’ll hit a plateau, and I mean mental plateau as well. Keep your mind open to newer ideas and understand that every aspect of fitness works in a symbiotic fashion with the other aspects. The more accepting you are to newer ideas, the better off you’ll be.
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