Developing an achievable workout plan is one of the keys to feeling and looking your best. Getting regular exercise will elevate your mood, help you maintain your muscle mass, flexibility, assist with weight loss and keep you feeling young, healthy and fit.
When developing a weight loss workout plan, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The following tips will help design a custom workout plan that you can stick with over tine so you can reach your weight loss goals.
Be Realistic about Your Current Level of Fitness
When first deciding to begin an exercise program, it is natural to want results as quickly as possible. Many people make the mistake of choosing a workout plan that is too difficult (notachievable) for their current fitness level. As a result, it becomes impossible to stick with it over time. When developing a weight loss plan that includes exercise be realistic about your current fitness level and develop a more achievable workout plan.
It is far better to start slowly and build your strength, stamina and endurance over time. Trying to take on too much immediately risks disappointment. Develop an achievable workout plan that is challenging, but not impossible. As you get in better shape, you can reevaluate your workout plan and increase it as is appropriate.
Set Achievable Workout Plan Goals
Running a marathon is an example of an ultimate goal. However, if you’ve spent the last five years sitting on the couch instead of exercising you would be well advised to break that ultimate goal into smaller, more achievable goals. For example, set an achievable goal of jogging a mile without stopping. Once that goal is achieved, increase the distance to two miles and so on until you reach your ultimate goal of running 26.2 miles. Setting intermediate, more achievable goals will allow the satisfaction of accomplishments as you work toward your larger goal.
Schedule Specific Time for Working Out
Set aside a specific time each day when you will exercise. Write it in your daily calendar, and set a reminder on your phone. Treat this time the same way you would any other important appointment. Cancel only if absolutely necessary. Show up on time and stay until the end. This will be hard at first. But, after couple of weeks, it will become second nature to the point you won’t want to miss your workout program.
Developing a practical and achievable workout plan begins with being honest about your current fitness level. Developing a plan that challenges you but doesn’t leave you feeling discouraged helps motivation as you work toward your ultimate goals.
Separate your ultimate long-term goals into smaller more achievable steps and work hard to achieve each one. Finally, set a time each day specifically for exercise and make sure you show up and commit yourself fully to the process.