It can be difficult to know where to start when figuring out your personal workout plan. Everyone’s needs are different, and it is hard to know what types of exercises you should be doing if you are not experienced. But in this day and age, with all the resources of the internet at your hands, anyone can make their own workout plan. This article will outline a few steps you can take, and questions you need to ask yourself, to ensure you have a workout plan that works for you.
First: What Are Your Needs?
The first thing you need to consider is what you are looking for from your workouts. This is very personal to you. Before you can think about what exercises you want to build into your workout plan, you need to know what you are trying to work on. Do you need to work on cardio? Are you trying to build muscle? Are you trying to lose weight? Are you just looking for something light to do? Are you looking to feel better?
Next: What Are Your Limitations?
Something that is crucial to consider is your personal limitations that will impact the workouts you can do. These can be all kinds of limitations. One of the biggest things you need to consider is any medical issues that will prevent certain types of exercise. If you have heart issues, for instance, you need to be careful about the different types of strenuous exercises you do. On this matter, it is essential that you talk to your doctor about any exercises you are considering doing. Another physical limitation to consider: how active are you currently? If you are not very active, you should work into your exercise and not just go straight into a demanding workout plan.
Other limitations you should consider are the space you are limited to and the time constraints you may have. About your space limitations, if your ceilings are not high enough or your floor space is limited, you cannot use certain types of exercise machines or do certain types of exercises. Timewise, how much time do you have available? Fifteen minutes is better than nothing, but if you only have fifteen minutes per day then you have to plan out a different type of workout plan than if you have 30, 45, or 60+ minutes.
It is important to be realistic with the limitations that you have. It might sound nice to plan an elaborate, detailed, involved, and time consuming workout plan, but if you are not realistic about your medical, physical, space, and time limitations then it is not going to be as successful as you wanted and will only be discouraging. Once you have figured out these considerations, though, you can move into the next steps.
Then: What Resources Do You Have Available to You?
Do you have exercise machines at your home? If you live in an apartment complex or work at a university or other place of employment, are there gyms available to you for working out? Failing this, is there a gym you can get a membership at to go work out? If you have exercise equipment available to you, it expands the types of workouts you can do. Gyms also often have trainers you can work with, which is helpful if you are not experienced at working out.
Next: What Types of Exercises Work Best, Considering What You Know Now?
Now that we’ve looked at some of the most important questions to ask, we can look at exercises that you can work on. This is somewhere you can make use of resources on the internet. This article can advise you on steps to take, but we can’t make a workout plan for you. We can only advise you on how to think about making one. Think about the questions you asked earlier.
If you are trying to work on cardio, then look at different types of cardio exercises you can do such as running (on treadmills or otherwise), playing sports, or doing other types of dynamic exercise. If you are looking to lose weight, a lot of the workouts will be similar. If you are trying to build muscle tone, focus on targeting specific muscles and muscle groups through bodyweight exercises, lifting, and other strength-building exercises. If you are looking to just do light workouts, you can find different types of low impact exercises to do that people of all ages and varying levels of physical ability can do. Even if your ability to do more strenuous and high impact workouts is limited, do not shy away from exercise. Even a leisurely walk around your neighborhood can produce nice results.
Finally: Let’s Make a Schedule!
Now that you’ve looked at different types of exercise to do, it’s time to put it to paper. Take a look at your time availability, the exercises you’ve found interesting for your needs and limitations, and schedule it out! The important things to remember here:
- Build in warmup and cool down time (five minutes each, at least).
- Go easy at first, if you’re not used to exercising regularly, before ramping up the difficulty as you go farther into your schedule and your body adjusts.
- If you are limited on time, you may need to use exercises that work multiple areas of your body at once rather than doing ones that are more focused on specific muscle groups. Whole-body exercises are usually the best, anyway.
- Make sure to include break time within your workout. Do a set, then take a short break. Do a set, take a break. Do a set, take a break. Repeat. Elsewhere we will have more information on interval training.
Conclusion: Your Workout Plan
Everyone’s individual workout plan is something that should be right for them, with their own needs, limitations, and preferences as the focus of the parameters of the plan. Finding exercises you enjoy will help to keep your motivation up. With this in mind, ask yourself the questions that have been brought up in this article. Once you’ve figured the answers out, and sought out the information you needed, you can make a plan that works for you. Keep your limitations in mind, but remember that anyone can get fit. It just takes dedication, and even if we might not think we have it within us, we can find it.
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