It doesn’t matter if you are a fitness fanatic, business professional, stay at home mom or university student—you should feel your best, every single day. But there is no one size fits all approach to fitness. Many people start an exercise program and quit after only a few weeks due to the simple fact that they just haven’t found a program that is the right fit for them.
If you’ve been blaming yourself for falling in and out of workout programs, stop now! Use these tips to find the right program for YOU.
1. Identify your goals
Goals are critical for success in every aspect of life, but especially in fitness. They allow you to think about the future and hold yourself accountable as you move ahead. Get specific with your goals and don’t leave anything out. The more detail you have, the better!
2. Be realistic
Set goals that you can realistically achieve. Consider your time constraints and what you are willing to give up. If you know that it will be easier for you to work out at home rather than at a gym, commit to working out at home. Happiness is key to your success in a good program. Your exercise program should reduce stress not create more of it.
3. Consider your lifestyle
Consider YOUR 100%. Maybe for you it’s committing to the gym 3 days a week. Your 100% is all you can do, don't compare yourself to others. Accept that everyone is different and what works for one person won't work for the other. Do you and cut yourself some slack!
4. Research coaches
We all need a little guidance sometimes, which is why it can help tremendously to have a fitness coach or mentor to help you along the way. Any coach won’t do. Find a coach that will understand your goals, and build a program that is suited for you. A coach that has worked with similar clients or that has a lifestyle comparable to yours will work best.
5. Choose activities that you enjoy
The best results come from a program that allows you to have fun, feel rejuvenated and learn about yourself. It’s not about how many crunches you can complete or how long you can run. You have nothing to prove to anyone – just have fun and enjoy what works for you.
6. Is it right for your activity level and health?
The fitness program you choose should be appropriate for your current health and fitness levels. Always make sure you have the clear from your doctor and make sure your coach is aware when making your program!
What are some tips you have for finding a solid workout program?