This article was written by Shelly Stinson who is freelance writer based out of Denver, CO. Her interests include healthy living, being active outdoors and trying new restaurants. You can follow Shelly on twitter! Today, Shelly is sharing her top two guidelines for creating a personalized workout.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) exercise recommendations are that we get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise, or engage in 75 minutes of high-intensity activity, along with two strength-building sessions per week, if you don’t have a workout that fits you, then you’re not likely to follow it with any sort of regularity. Ultimately, this means that you’ll find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to create a strong, healthy body.
The key then is to create a workout that meshes not only with your goals, but also with your personality and lifestyle. It has to feel like so much a part of you that you can’t imagine going without doing it. How do you create this type of workout, one that fits you to a T? Simple. You follow two basic guidelines.
1. Choose Exercises You Enjoy
This is probably one of the best things you can do when it comes to developing your workout routine. After all, if you aren’t having fun while working out, then your time spent engaged in physical activity is going to feel more like a chore than a pleasure, limiting the likelihood that you’ll continue to do it time and time again.
By default, this also means staying away from exercises that don’t make you smile when you think about them. In other words, if the thought of spending time on a treadmill or elliptical makes you groan in despair, then don’t force yourself to do it anyway. Instead, find something else that keeps you excited and coming back for more.
If you’re not sure which movements will make you feel happy inside and out, Nerd Fitness offers some fun yet effective exercise suggestions, including hiking with friends, rock climbing, live-action role-playing, roughhousing with your kids, performing parkour, and even playing a musical instrument. Be creative and think of things you enjoy doing that will give you a good workout at the same time. Then do them!
2. Use Your Schedule to Your Advantage
One of the reasons people let their exercise commitments slide is because they try to stick to a workout routine or regimen that doesn’t mesh well with their schedules. It’s kind of like when you decide you want to eat dinner every night at 6 p.m., yet you don’t generally get home until 6:30 or 7. It’s never going to work.
However, if you use your schedule to your advantage and plan to do your exercising when it works best for you, then you’ll have fewer excuses as to why you shouldn’t be getting more fit. Actually writing it in your schedule book or planner, or noting it on your electronic calendar, cements in the idea even more.
For example, if you’re a college student, College News suggests that you can get in better shape and avoid the “Freshman 15” by getting up before class and working out then or taking clothes with you so you can hit the gym afterwards. If you’re a busy parent, you could take the time you spend with your children and do something active. Basically, you want to find a way that works best for you and stick to it!
Do these two things and you will have created a workout that not only fits you, but that also helps keep you feeling amazing!
Thank you for sharing these fantastic tips with us, Shelly! If you are interested in more information on getting fit, Shelly shares tons of helpful information on her twitter.
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