Help Choosing The Best Workout Routine
7 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Purchasing a Workout Routine or Investing In An Exercise Program
Choosing the best workout routine doesn't have to be difficult. Sure there are a ton of options out there, but by asking yourself the right questions, you can increase your chances of picking the perfect workout routine for your taste and lifestyle. Rather than focusing on the results of the people in the fitness commercials, consider your own individual needs and goals.
No. 1: What is your desired outcome?Ask yourself exactly what it is that you would like for your workout routine to accomplish? When I started working out in April, I wanted to lose weight, but my primary goal was to increase muscle tone. As such, I chose P90X because that program focused on strength training and I knew that it would help me to achieve my goal of obtaining toned muscle.
If, muscle tone isn't your goal and you are more interested in losing weight, then you may want to focus on cardio workouts in the beginning. In this case your focus should be on selecting a program that gets you up and moving and one that gets your heart rate up so that you burn fat (Walk Away The Pounds or Slim in Six, Interval Training Workouts).
No. 2: What type of personality do you want your trainer to have?The trainer makes a big difference. If the trainer you're working out with bores you to tears, you're less likely to stick with the workout. Several people tell me they are unable to stick with P90X because Tony Horton bored them. For me, Tony's laid back style is perfect, while I am less attracted to Shaun T's high energy-in-your-face- boot camp weight loss style of training. So, it's worthwhile to consider the trainers style and personality before purchasing a program.
No. 3: How much time can you commit to working out?I receive tons of email from people who say they don't have time to work out. What they mean is, they haven't found a program to fit their particular schedule. There are many programs available for all types of schedules and routines. Program durations range from 10 minutes to 60 minutes and beyond. You just have to be diligent in locating the right schedule. Worst case scenario, you develop a program yourself that fits your schedule.
No. 4: How intense do you want your workout to be?Are you one of those people who needs to see sweat pouring off your body and your workout clothes have to be drenched in order for you to feel satisfied with your workout? If so, you wouldn't want to choose a workout like Winsor Pilates, which consists mostly of slow methodical moves and floor exercises. Some of my friends and family prefer the Coach Carter/drill sergeant, "get your butt in gear and give me 20" workouts because they really need someone to push them and push them hard. In this case a boot camp exercise or extreme workout would be a perfect choice.
No. 5: What impact will your health condition have on your workouts?This is a good place to involve your doctor. If you suffer from a particular health condition, make sure you consider that before purchasing a home workout dvd; gym membership; or exercise program. Think about your current health condition and ask yourself, or better still as I said before, your doctor if/how that condition may limit your ability to perform specific exercises or workout routines. Keep in mind many programs offer modified moves, so just because you have a minor knee injury doesn't mean you can't do any workout routines, you just have to modify certain moves during the workout.
No. 6: How Much Are You Willing To Spend?Depending on your budget, you may or may not have money to spend on a home workout dvd or gym membership. In this case, you can put together your own program by researching exercise workouts on the web. There are many websites, like this one, that offer exercise routines with various goals in mind. Consider again, question number 1, what is your desired outcome? Once you know that, you can begin to research the best exercises to help you reach your goals. You don't have to spend money to get fit. It just takes a bit of research and creativity.
No. 7: Has The Program You're Considering Worked For Anyone Else?Once you've decided on a program, take it a step further. Do online searches for testimonials and reviews of that program. If you don't find any positive testimonials or any reviews at all, I would be leery of spending my hard earned cash on a program like that. One place that I always visit is Amazon.com. There are always tons of reviews for the products and the people are brutally honest. You can also do a search on Facebook. Most products have fan pages (or like pages) and allow the general public to comment openly. Take a minute to go this extra mile and you won't be disappointed.
ConclusionMost programs will work if you work them. What I mean is, you have to be committed to doing the workouts as instructed and following the nutrition guidelines that come along with them. Most programs will also include workout routines schedules, guides, recipes, and online support to help keep you motivated and on track.
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