Tips to find your exercise routine
The world of exercise and fitness can be a bit confusing for both the novice exerciser and someone who has been training for a while – high intensity, low intensity, body weight exercise, weighted exercises, long runs, sprint runs, 12 minute training sessions, 40 minute training sessions, what is the best way to exercise?
The bad news is, there isn’t one answer that fits all with exercise, it is completely individual. But the good news is, that means you get to find a training routine that works for you and gives you maximum results.
If you’re confused about where to start, try following the below tips to find an exercise routine that’s right for you.
Set a fitness goal
If your goal is to be strong enough to complete 20 push ups on your toes, it make sense that your exercise routine will be based around upper body and core strength and running for 5km a day on the treadmill is probably not the most effective exercise routine for you!If your goal is to be strong enough to complete 20 push ups on your toes, it make sense that your exercise routine will be based around upper body and core strength and running for 5km a day on the treadmill is probably not the most effective exercise routine for you!
So rather than just exercising in a “give everything a go” kind of way, try setting a fitness goal to be able to determine a routine that is going to suit. Smart fitness goals will keep you on track, accountable and moving in the right direction with your exercise plan.
Find the best time for you
To find an exercise routine that is right for you, you need to find the time of day that you know you’ll get the most out of a training session.
Are you a morning person? If yes, you’ll feel great for starting your day with a burst of energy and you’ll probably find that a morning training session will keep you on track with a healthy day too. Likewise, if you’re more of a night owl you’ll probably thrive on evening training sessions straight after work as a great way to rid the stresses of the day and hop into bed ready for a good sleep.
A fun fact: hormone levels are important in determining your optimal workout time – testosterone is needed for muscle growth and strength and the body produces more testosterone during late afternoon resistance training than it does during morning workouts.
Find a style of exercise that motivates you
You may be motivated by fun training sessions with others or you might thrive from getting your butt kicked with really hard exercises! Either way, it’s important to find a style of exercise that not only gets you to your goals, but that you are motivated to do.
Lack of motivation can lead to a lower chance of getting to a training session or not much enthusiasm once you’re there. But if you’re motivated and looking forward to a session you’re going to put more effort in, train harder and see better results.
Get a PT
If you feel like you’ve set a smart fitness goal, you know your best time to train and are pretty excited about exercise, but you’re still not sure what exercise routine is best for you – it’s time to call in the experts! A personal trainer will take all the thinking out of your training sessions, planning exercises and routines that work for your fitness level, health and fitness goals and that progress you along the way. You will need a meeting with a personal trainer first so they can find out what you’d like to achieve, assess your fitness levels and details for what motivates you – the rest is up to them to plan and you to turn up and exercise!