3 Things To Consider Before Trying an Exercise Program
We are all very unique. To think that one exercise program or fitness regimen would fit all is WAY-Y-Y unrealistic.
At Blueprint, we aim to equip you with way more than just the right exercises and weights. We want to help you create a healthy lifestyle that will leave you living your best life — a long one!
Here are a few things to consider when you are looking for the right exercise program.
1. What kind of goals do you have in mind?
What prompted you to consider strength training? Weight loss is a very common goal individuals start their workouts with. However, we recommend you try and go a little deeper when you determine your goal.
Is it just weight loss? Or do you want to finally feel comfortable in your own skin?
Other reasons include improving their quality of life, ramping-up their general health so a long healthy, happy life is within reason, and so many more!
The exercise program you choose should be created with your goals in mind. Weight loss? Make sure you can get qualified nutritional instructions from a dietician. Want to be able to do the Dirty Dancing lift no-sweat? Look for something that focuses on strength not just endurance, like running.
2. Will this fitness regime put you through hell and back?
If the answer to this is ‘yes’, then you need to abandon ship. A very key component of living a fit lifestyle is having fun. It is so much easier to stick with a workout regimen that is fun.
When it comes to true strength training, there is no point of completion. Once you reach your goal, you should have enjoyed your fitness journey so much, you want a new goal.
There is no shortage of fun ways to exercise! Try a few different activities and see which one is challenging, but leaves you excited to try again.
3. Are you being honest with yourself as far as time management and results are concerned?
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands, they just don’t.” — Elle Woods, Legally Blond 2001.
Your exercise program should not be adding stress to your life. It should be leaving you with less stress and more happiness.
We all only have so many hours in a day to accomplish the demands required of us. To successfully commit to an exercise program, you need to be ready to make time.
“I don’t have time” really means, “it’s not a priority.” Your future self traveled back in time to tell us to tell you that your health is certainly a priority.