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Seven Things to Consider When Creating a Home Workout Plan

 

Getting in shape with the help of a home workout plan is an admirable goal and something  that many people strive for, but remarkably few people can stick to it. They may think that they don't have enough time or that they need to purchase a costly gym membership, but for whatever reason people find it hard to follow through with the resolution to get back into shape and exercise regularly. While it's true that setting up a home workout plan sounds daunting, it doesn't have to be. All it really takes is determination and the ability to stick to a set schedule.

If you are serious about setting up a home workout plan that will get you back into shape, here are seven things that you should keep in mind.

1. Exercise Should Be a Priority

Many people give up on their workout plans because they don't think they have the time. Yes, it's difficult to find the time to do much of anything in our busy lives, but getting exercise and staying in shape should be a priority. If you don't have the time, make the time. Set aside some time every day for some kind of exercise. It doesn't have to be an incredibly strenuous workout; if a 10-minute walk is all you can manage on some days, that's fine.

2. Exercise Should Be Routine

This ties into the idea that you should be making time for exercise. If something isn't part of your normal routine, it's easy to think that you don't have time for it. After about two weeks of keeping your home workout plan as part of your routine, it will seem like less of a chore and more like a normal part of your week.

3. Exercise Should Be Enjoyable

Part of making your exercise routine seem like less of a chore is making sure you like it. There are lots of fun things you can do to keep yourself in shape. The key is to find out what you enjoy and work them into your home workout plan. If you enjoy sports, join an intramural sports teams. There are plenty of leagues out there for adults, and chances are they are in your area. Take a look around your neighborhood or on Google to find a team near you.

The bottom line is that you need to keep yourself from getting bored during your workouts. Team sports will help with that, as will jogging or biking along a scenic route. You will find something that works for you if you take the time to look.

4. You Need to Be Accountable

Part of having a home workout plan is that it's, well, a plan. A plan implies a set schedule or routine, something that people need to stick to if it is going to be effective. Whenever you exercise as part of your plan, record what you did and for how long you did it. If your plan involves lifting weights, write down how much you were lifting and how many repetitions you did. This will help you stick to your current goals and set new ones.

5. Set Realistic Goals

When you start working out, it's tempting to shoot for the moon and attempt things that you wish you could do instead of what you can do. This leads people to get discouraged and ultimately give up because their workout is "too hard." There shouldn't be anything difficult about setting up your own workout plan. You should know your limits and what you can achieve physically. Set goals that are easily attainable. As you get into better shape, you will be able to work harder and achieve greater goals, but start small at first.

6. Stay Hydrated

Water is the absolute best thing you can drink when you're working out. You should be sweating when you exercise, which means your body will lose water. Keep drinking water to replace what you lose to prevent dehydration.

7. When In Doubt, Consult a Professional

Doctors and personal trainers can be great resources when you are developing a home workout plan. They can give you advice on what to do to avoid injury and what exercises are suited for your own fitness goals. You can also include a professional training program such as the Turbulence Training Program to your routine. More information on the Turbulence Training Program can be found at http://www.addfitness.com.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/HQ00171
 
Disclaimer: Before starting any exercise program, you should consult your physician.