How to Build a Fitness Routine You Will Stick To
Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation, ‘cause you slay! It’s the end of the summer, and don’t you dare think it’s time to give up on all those exercises and painless sweat sessions, as the fall and winter are the seasons to get your beach bod ready for next summer. And if you’re one of those who wanted to work out this year but somehow couldn’t find a fitness routine that will keep you motivated and going, fear not, as we will try to give you a couple of tips to achieve just that. These are the most important things that you should bear in mind.
1. How much time do you have on your hands?
One of the reasons why you couldn’t stick to your previous workout routine is probably because of the lack of time. Job, kids, a relationship – all of these things can significantly affect the free time that you can spend on yourself, and perhaps that group training was exactly at the time when you had to work. There are certain ways in which you can sneak a workout in. Bear in mind that planning your own individual training sessions is the right way to do things, and if you have time to join a group training, even better. So, make a detailed plan of your week and see how much time you have for working out. You should be looking for at least two or three days a week when you have approximately an hour and a half, which would be enough for a small training session plus the shower and getting ready for your next thing. Knowing when you are working out and trying to fit it into your schedule is definitely your first step that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
2. What exercises should you be doing?
Since you’re probably reading this article, it means that you are a somewhat newbie in this department, which is totally fine. Now that you want to find a fitness routine that you like, you should know that keeping it simple is the right way to start your fitness life. Many people complicate things too much and try to hit many different muscle groups, which can backfire if you’re not doing them right. This means that if you want to know how to find your soulmate workout, you need to start with simple exercises and stay true to them. We’re talking squats, lunges, deadlifts, overhead press… If you ask any personal trainer at the gym, they will be more than happy to help you out. Once you establish the exercises and slowly increase the number of sets and repetitions, you will be able to add a different set of exercises and thus make your workout a bit more complicated.
3. How much time should each workout session take?
No matter how many sets and repetitions you’re doing, you should be done with everything in around 45 minutes to an hour (probably the first one if you’re starting simple). You can then allocate the rest of your planned time to running on a treadmill or any other cardio exercises since these are important as well. If you’re not worn out after 45 minutes to an hour, it means that you’re not pushing yourself too much, and you should put a bit more effort into your exercises. Add five minutes to your warm up and five minutes to the cooldown and there you go.
4. What else?
Keep track of literally everything! There are so many ways in which you can keep a workout journal, but make sure to have one from day one. There are plenty of apps that will help you keep track of the number of sets and repetitions that you’ve done for that day, and seeing how this number changes for the better can only give you more motivation. Also, don’t forget to take a photo of your body each week so that you have a visual representation of your success.
So, you probably think that this is easier said than done, but if you start small immediately, you will be able to do a lot next spring and have an amazing body. Not only that, but you will be feeling healthier as well. The cliché sentence goes “the right time to start is now”, and even though it is a bit corny, it sure is true. So, pack your fitness clothes and get going!