There is a bizarre thing about exercise! No matter that we know that it is incredibly beneficial, many of us can’t say that we exercise regularly! In our case, it is usually like this. Each year after the winter holidays, we decide firmly that we will start working out. We do indeed, start but the enthusiasm lasts for about two-three weeks and then we go back to our standard lives. Some people say that for them the hard to decide. But once they did, however, they found everything much easier. For us, it was the contrary.
The decision comes easily, but implementation is, as we mentioned, problematic. We talked with a friend who is a professional athlete about our situation. He told us that the key to the problem might lie in two things. We were pretty sure that we have good sports equipment because we checked everything before buying. However, we didn’t even consider that we need a good workout routine if we want our decision to stick. Our idea was always that it is enough to throw on good gear and hit the gym! As it turns out, it is just the beginning. We learned from talking with our friend that developing a workout routine means that we need to understand our fitness level, type of exercises, etc. Since it was clear that we were confused with all this new information, he provided us with tips on how to build a daily workout routine!
What is a Workout Routine?
Regardless of whether you are a professional or a beginner, you need a well-rounded workout routine! What does it mean? It is a program of your fitness training. People who can afford it hire a coach who creates this program. However, hiring a personal trainer is rather expensive, so most of us choose to do it ourselves. It generally includes these five elements: aerobic fitness, strength training, core exercises, balance training, flexibility, and stretching.
How to Build a Workout Routine?
Make an Assessment of Your Fitness Level
It is the first thing you need to do before you begin working out. Okay, yes, many of us have some vague idea on whether we can start getting ready for the half marathon or not. But, do you know how high your heart rate goes when you are climbing the stairs? Or what is your body mass index (BMI)? You might think that these are too complex questions! It may be true but knowing the answers to those and other similar questions gives you the chance to understand your body better. It also allows you to figure out what you need to focus on when developing a beginner workout routine.
Define Clear Goals
Lots and lots of beginners make the same mistake by not having a clear idea of what they want to achieve. Think about your goals! Maybe you want to enter a bodybuilding competition? If you want to lose weight, think about how many pounds you need to shed. Is it just that, or you want to tone the muscles as well? Knowing these things will help you choose the right exercises. Besides that, you will be able to figure out whether you need a bodyweight workout routine or something else. However, keep in mind that experts recommend that beginners start by creating a full-body workout routine. Later, you can focus on more specific parts of the body.
Make Sure the Routine is Balanced
“What do you mean” you might wonder. As you know, the recommendation for adults is to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. Now, many people think that they can do it all in one day. They even prefer it because they are under the impression that it is time effective. That may be true. It is not a good idea, however, to expose your body to that much stress. It is recommended that you divide this time into different days. That way, you have a workout routine that includes rest days as well. These days are critical because this is when your muscles recover and grow. The amount of time we mentioned is, however, minimal. Investing more hours in a workout routine will, of course, be more beneficial for health. Nonetheless, whether you are creating a workout routine for men or women keep in mind that even if you spend less time exercising, you are working to improve your health.
Find Time To Exercise
How many times did you think that you don’t have time to work out? Or that you will start next week? In most cases, we keep thinking that there is something more pressing to take care of us. That is because it is hard to incorporate exercise into the routine. It can be helpful to plan workout time as you would do with any other meeting and write it down in your schedule. For example, do pushups in the office if you are creating an upper body workout routine. Or, if your goal is to be more fit, walk on a treadmill while watching your favorite series.
Get the Right Equipment
. “Oh, come on! But of course, you don’t have to buy gym clothes! It is just a marketing trick of companies that make the gear”! How many times did you hear friends saying something like that? We have to say we lost count! However, this is a misconception. It may come as a surprise when you are a fitness novice, but there is a huge difference between shoes you will use for running and those for powerlifting or CrossFit. And no, we are not talking about the design! The running shoes are created for the heel-to-toe movement and they have more cushioning and support to decrease the impact on joints and muscles. Training shoes, however, come with a flatter sole. They are also more flexible, so the range of movements is much wider.
Besides clothing and footwear, you need to consider which machines and tools to buy if you are creating a home workout routine. You don’t want to waste money on things that will only collect the dust, right? To avoid it, you have to research and figure out which pieces of equipment will be practical and straightforward to use.
Now you know about the most crucial things when you are developing a workout routine. Keep in mind that it is also necessary to change the exercises for the best results. The body usually adapts to any stress that is applied to it within 12 to 14 weeks. To prevent hitting a plateau, experts recommend changing the exercises every 8 to 12 weeks. Do you work out? How often? How did you build the routine?