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6 questions to narrow down your ideal fitness program

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Why do most people who start a fitness regime eventually stop? Are they all lazy and unmotivated? No way.

Sometimes, they just haven’t found the right type of workout to encourage them to get moving. To hone in on the kind of exercise you’ll want to do, you have to take your personality, lifestyle and responsibilities into consideration.

These six questions will help you figure out what will light a fire under you.

1. What are your goals?

Is there something specific you want to get out of training? Maybe you’re dying to lose 20 pounds or you’re gearing up to run your first marathon. Maybe you want to tone your arms more or you’ve been itching to try yoga. Your exercise regime should be in line with your goals.

For example, if you’re not going to compete in a 5K, there’s no need to run on the treadmill for an hour every single day (unless you enjoy it).

2. Are you training your entire body?

It’s easy to fall into the trap of training just your muscles, but when you do this, you’re glazing over other important areas of your body. Balance, breathing, circulation, coordination and joint health should all be observed while exercising.

These parts of the body are imperative to long term health. When figuring out a new workout regime, make sure that both your short term and long term goals are being met.

3. Are weight loss and fitness the same thing?

Weight loss goals are quite different from fitness goals and they should be kept separate. People who want to lose weight focus heavily on how many calories they’re burning. The truth is, though, that in order to burn just one pound, you’d need to jog for several hours and scorch 3,500 calories.

Sure, you can jog every day for fitness and weight loss will likely follow, but the problem comes into play when people choose their workouts based only on burning calories. Not only will you hate how you’re spending your gym time, but you’ll be discouraged when you realize that weight loss doesn’t happen overnight.

4. Does your workout regime sync with your life?

Everyone has a different schedule - work, kids, home and other types of responsibilities dictate our days and suck up a lot of time. Having a busy life isn’t an excuse to skip a workout, but it is a reason to plan workouts around your timetable.

Just because you can’t carve out two hours for the gym workout doesn’t mean you can’t workout at home and cut out travel time. When you have a busy weekend that doesn’t leave a lot of freedom, workout for half an hour instead of your usual hour. Make it easy on yourself and you’ll be more likely to do it.

5. Are there multiple benefits to your workout?

You’ll get more bang for your buck if you choose a workout that has dual benefits for you. For example, yoga settles the mind while strengthening the body. Explore the different perks you get from various exercises.

Some people think that running is the most boring activity in the world while others love that it clears their mind while keeping their waistline slim.

6. Does your exercise regime benefit your life?

If you hate lifting weights and you’re not someone who has to move heavy objects for work, don’t force yourself into a weight lifting program. If just the thought of doing Pilates makes you squirm because you prefer a fast paced workout, don’t sign up for the class.

Your workout regime has to fit in with what’s important to you and what you actually like, not what you think you should like.

Note: Content contributions from Natalie Parker, a professional blogger that shares tips and advice on health, training and nutrition. She writes for Fitness19.com, a leading fitness facility with affordable month to month memberships.

Contact: Marv Dumon at marvin.dumon@gmail.com

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