How Do You Know What Exercise Plan Works Best for You?
There are countless amounts of programs out there and many different ways to exercise. How do you know which type of exercise plan is best for you?
Well, it ultimately boils down to what YOU can do and HOW OFTEN you will do it with a sprinkle of what you ENJOY on top.
Do you like jumping around?
How about running?
First start with a goal, then figure out what you enjoy doing.
For example, Client A wants to lose weight and enjoys swimming. Well, there’s a great start! How often does Client A need to swim to lose weight (nutrition aside)? This is where I say, “look it up” because there’s no need to re-invent the wheel here when someone somewhere did all that work for you already! Look it up from at least three sources and get the average. As with every exercise, this will depend on your weight, time and intensity you put into it, so take that into account when doing your research. You can pick a program that specialized in weight loss and swimming OR you can hire me and I’ll do the research and program building for you ;)
Let’s say Client B wants to improve their cardiovascular endurance but doesn’t know what they like. Well, obviously something cardio based will be a start. If you don’t know what you like then experiment! Some cardio based exercises are running, cycling, swimming, HIIT, etc.! After they tried some and found the one they enjoy the most, that’s going to be the best option for Client B. A program that specializes in cardio endurance with the type of exercise they enjoy is great!
You’ve got the goal and the type of exercise, now what?
IF you are CONSISTENT with it and, in fact, are adhering to the program, AND you are getting the results you are looking for...then you're golden!
If you are following the plan but are NOT getting the results you are looking for, then perhaps the program is not best for you. That is when you need to take a look at yourself and make sure you are doing the program correctly, if so, you may need a more advanced program or a program that incorporates other types of exercises for variety to challenge the body.
As with “dieting”, there is no “one size fits all” to exercise programs. There is a little bit of trial and error to find the one that you can realistically do and be consistent with that ALSO provides the results you are looking for!
If you or someone you know still needs help with an exercise program, sign up here for a free consultation with ATJFitness!
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