Components Of A Fitness Program
It's pretty fair to say that most people know they need to eat well and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Most of those people would probably also say that they've been on an exercise program of one sort or another over the years and it just didn't work, or they weren't able to keep it up.
It's A Commitment, But It Can Be Done
There's no getting away from it...exercise is a commitment and a lifestyle choice. It is work and it requires discipline and focus in order to stay with it. So, what about all of those people who don't have the inbred motivation to get the job done? Are they doomed to an unfit lifestyle forever? While all of the preceding is true, there is definitely help for anyone who wants to be helped.
Let's assume you've made the decision to change your lifestyle and make it healthier. Perhaps you've been told by your physician that you have high blood pressure, or maybe you want to look great in your summer clothes this year. Whatever the goal, once you've determined it and have written it down then it's time to get the help you need to design a program that fits you.
It's Not One-Size-Fits-All Anymore
Exercise is no longer a one-size-fits-all endeavor. There was a time when "no pain-no gain" was the motto of the hardy fitness people. No longer is that true. Today, a person can have a program designed to fit their particular needs and current life commitments. It can be complex though, so professional help is a real advantage. Barring that, there is basic advice that seems to be a good general exercise prescription: lift weights three times a week, training the entire body each time. At the end of the weight session, do 30 minutes of cardio, completing at least one 30 minute cardio session per week. Another system that seems to work well is the circuit training system. That way you get both cardio and weights at intervals during the same workout. Having said all of that, it is still best to have professional help to design a program.
Nutrition Is Part Of The Program
Your nutrition is very important. The thought that you can just burn off excess calories without taking into consideration what you are eating can give a false sense of security. Seek out as much information as possible from credible sources to help you make healthy decisions when it comes to food and cravings.
Staying Motivated And Having Fun
Motivation is usually easier kept up when you work out with a partner. Accountability and support are key components to a successful fitness program. If you take on a partner, be sure to do your research. Someone who loses motivation quickly or lacks commitment will make it difficult for you to reach your goals. Having fun is another key to motivation so add variety to your workouts to keep them fun and interesting.
Nobody likes to do the same things over and over again. Change your workout routine every three or four weeks. This keeps it challenging and helps your body to continue to respond to the workouts. Don't skip this important facet of your training.
If you're having trouble wading through the glut of information that is available on this matter, don't be afraid to get help. Certified fitness professionals are there to assist.