It’s not enough to merely exercise. You have to know what you want to target, and how. You have to raise your heart rate. You have to do it regularly. To put it simply, you have to create an exercise routine that works for you.
How Not to Exercise
Don’t pick an exercise routine because it’s the “in” thing to do, or because it works for your friend Becky. Create an exercise plan that you’re physically capable of doing and that you enjoy doing. Most importantly of all, you’ve got to be able to stick to the routine. You have to perform it regularly in order to see real results.
Designing Your Plan
No one knows your schedule and capabilities better than you, so you have to be honest with yourself if you want to design a successful exercise routine .
Time: How much time can you devote to exercising, really? If you’ve got a job and friends and kids and a spouse, probably very little. You have to take a hard look at your schedule to see when you’ve got time, and how much. Fit your exercise routine into your everyday routine, and in time it will be just another task to complete instead of a tough chore. To see results, you need to exercise at least four times a week for 30 minutes at a stretch. You can work out much more than this as long as you don’t push yourself too hard, but you should always begin slowly and doing the bare minimum. Add to your routine as you get used to regular exercise.
Type: What kind of exercises will you perform during your regular routine? This decision is going to be determined by the equipment and space you have available. If you plan to join a gym, you’ll have a wide variety of machines and exercises to choose from. If you’re at home, you’ll need to design a routine that’s largely based on bodyweight exercises (sit-ups, push-ups and the like). For best results, design a plan that includes weight lifting, toning and cardio exercises.
Place: Which parts of your body do you want to target? If you’re unhappy with your stomach, for example, you’ll want to focus on exercises that work abdominal muscles. Most people want to target their waist as well as their lower body. The most effective routines focus on one muscle group at a time. Assign different body parts to different days. Work your abdominals on Tuesdays and Fridays. Impact your lower body on Mondays and Thursdays. Don’t target the same muscle group two days in a row, because your muscles need time to recover and repair after a workout.
Staying on Track
Of course, you’re not a fitness expert. Even if you know when to exercise and which muscles to hit, you may not have a bevy of different exercises in your head to help you work up a program. This is no problem. There are many dozens of different smartphone apps that can help you find exercises and design your own routines. Some apps even allow you to find routines that other exercisers have devised. Find an app like this and you can change your workouts while still targeting the right muscles.
Don’t forget your cardio! Perform some cardio every time you exercise to raise your heart rate and burn calories. No matter what kind of exercise routine you create, stick with it and keep at it regularly. You will see results if you do this.