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How To Design The Perfect Fitness Plan

So, you've decided to begin working out. Or maybe you had to stop due to injury or illness, or you stop for a number of other reasons. Either way, you've committed to working out on a regular basis right here, right now. That's the obvious first step towards a healthy lifestyle, and it's a strong step to take at that.

After this initial decision, however, many feel lost or confused the moment they set foot in a gym. Others aren't even sure what kind of workouts are best for them. How many days should you work out in a given week? Do you only stick to cardio? Or is weight training necessary as well? These questions and many more can make any fitness novice nervous enough to want to run away screaming from working out at all.

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Working out doesn't have to feel intimidating. Whether you choose to do it at home or in a gym, a fitness plan will take the uncertainty and fear out of working out. That's because a fitness plan will keep you organized while at the same time encouraging you to work out on a consistent basis. By doing this, you're more likely to lose weight, get in shape, and maintain a healthy lifestyle than if you were to try working out without any fitness plan to speak of.

Bodybuilding.com recently shared some tips on creating a fitness plan that will best benefit you and your fitness goals. It may seem like a mundane, borderline mind numbing task that'll end up as the last thing on your To Do list. But if you're serious about getting in shape or improving your fitness levels, these tips will help you make a fitness plan to help achieve these and similar goals.

The first tip would be to do an activity that you actually enjoy. If you love running, then take up running regularly. If you hate running, then don't do it. This idea also goes for working out at a gym, boxing, yoga, you name it. If you try to do an activity that you hate, then you're most likely not going to want to work out at all. That will result in you not working out at all, which isn't what you want if you're trying to get in shape.

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Figure out what activities you like, and how you can incorporate them into a fitness plan. There are plenty of workout plans available (such as the ones on Bodybuilding.com) that will surely include workouts you'll enjoy. Other suggestions include joining a workout class that interests you (spinning, barre, bootcamp, etc.), joining a marathon or triathlon, or playing a sport that you enjoy. If you're truly unsure of what to do, consider hiring a personal trainer or coach to assist you. Regardless of which direction you go, you'll surely find something you enjoy that will work for anyone's fitness plan.

Another tip is to not rely on motivation when maintaining any fitness plan. While a lucky few can convince themselves to go work out each and every time, the majority simply cannot. If you lose that motivation, then you'll most likely not want to work out. So, thinking that you can maintain a high level of motivation to work out is a false hope that'll kill anyone's fitness plan.

To combat this, set up a system that will ensure you don't miss a workout. This could include planning a time to go work out and preparing your gear ahead of time so it's ready to go beforehand. This will get you in the right state of mind, and might even guilt trip you into exercising if you were originally thinking about skipping. Remember — working out might not be fun, but it's an important part of a healthy lifestyle. If you want it bad enough, you'll suck it up and do it.

The next tip is when you finally begin working out regularly, start slowly. This is so you don't work out too much or too hard, which can cause injury or disillusion in getting healthy. If this occurs, you won't want to work out, thus derailing your fitness plan.

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It's important to work out slowly at first to prevent the likelihood of injury, regardless of what kind of exercise you're doing. Easing into it will also make your workouts less daunting. Also, if after a work out you feel more spent than normal, make the next day a rest day. If you're insistent on working out instead, then do something less physically challenging so you don't overexert yourself.

The last tip is to keep things fresh in your fitness plan. After doing the same exercises for several weeks, it's easy to grow bored as a result. Not only that but going through the same motions can cause a plateau that will cause your fitness goals to grind to a halt. This is why experts stress that switching up exercises every four to six weeks will keep your body on its toes.

For example, spend the first four weeks doing exercises with a medicine ball. After that, the next four weeks should include exercises with dumbbells. However you go about it, changing your fitness plan will add balance to your body otherwise not found if you keep the same plans week in and week out. By changing your workouts, you'll body will respond positively, helping you reach your fitness goals faster.

Creating a strong fitness plan is an excellent way to get in shape because it gives you structure when working out. It will make you feel organized, but it will also make working out seem less like a daunting task and more like an enjoyable part of your routine. While creating a fitness plan may not seem like a fun thing to do, it's essential if you want to succeed in getting in the best shape of your life.

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