If you're new to exercising or simply returning after a hiatus, finding the right plan can be difficult. Everyone jumps straight in to the “all or nothing” regime, and after a few short weeks (or days) we lose our focus and momentum, and slowly fall back into old habits.
This can usually be the result of the following approaches - which one are you?
The “total action hero” approach
Those whom desperately want to lose weight so choose the most extreme fitness routine/DVD/program in the market, however after playing said DVD realisation sets in that your body is not cut out for 100 burpees or explosive pushups with double claps. You feel instantly defeated and throw the DVD into the drawer, hoping to find the next fitness solution.
The “I am confused about what I am doing” approach
Those who decide to exercise; so head to the gym, walk around, lift a few mindless weights, walk for 10 minutes on the treadmill and go home. This is repeated for 2 weeks with no results; so you decide indignantly that nothing will ever work.
The “I want to look like Jennifer Lawrence” approach
Those whom follow the regime of a celebrity diligently for weeks, even though their body doesn’t remotely resemble said celebrity. How could this be? You thought that following Jen’s exact routine would magically transform your body into hers! This routine goes into the trash and you start browsing for a new celebrity, model or bodybuilder to follow.
The “cardio bunny” approach
Weight lifting frightens you, so you run an hour a day on the treadmill. Your body isn’t changing shape so you increase to two hours a day. After a week you realise you’re exhausted and the cardio is not sculpting your butt or giving your arms definition. You just can’t work it out though.
The “I can eat anything because I went to the gym” approach
Those whom find a plan that fits into their lifestyle and they see results. You then start to ‘slack off’ and gorge on cupcakes, because you deserve it. You then notice your results are lagging, so work out even harder. Time to treat yourself again, so out come the muffins. This cycle continues endlessly.
So how can you choose a plan that will work for you?
Here's five things to consider:
- What am I trying to achieve? Set some definable goals.
- When do I want to achieve this by?
- How much time can I set aside for training?
- Do you prefer to work out at home or in the gym?
- What type of activities do I enjoy?