For people with a desk job, the 9-5 schedule can feel like a cruel joke. You spend all day working away and you’re exhausted by the time you get home. And yet, amid that exhaustion, your body has been stationary all day and your health requires that you work out.
If you do it right, though, your workout can feel more energizing than tiring. Enjoying what you’re doing while getting your blood pumping will feel like a refreshing change of pace after a day of staring at spreadsheets.
Here’s how to make a workout plan you’ll want to keep doing:
Establish Your Goals
If you aren’t working toward something specific, a workout can feel like a waste of time even if it isn’t. Before planning your workouts, decide what your top goals are.
Do you want to work on cardiovascular health, muscle toning, weight loss, or a combination of several goals? Maybe you want to focus on specific body areas like building a 6-pack.
When you have your answer, it’ll be easier to narrow down the types of workouts that will help your journey best.
Try Everything You Can
Variety is one of the most powerful tools in creating a workout plan you won’t drop out of boredom. To find out which workouts to include, take a trial and error approach.
Try a variety of workout program videos. See which fitness classes in your area have free trials. Take notes on which ones you enjoyed most and which goals they worked toward. After those trials, you can pick out your favorites and design a routine that incorporates them all.
Focus On a Different Type of Scale
You might use your bathroom scale to track your fitness progress. When planning your workout routine, though, you need to consider a different type of scale: the ability to scale your workout with your fitness level.
As you continue working out, the exercises that push you today will be too easy to be productive. Make sure you’re choosing workouts you can make more difficult as you get stronger. With some workouts like boot camps or personal training sessions, your trainer will do that for you. For self-guided workouts, though, make sure you have a plan for scaling up.
Merge Your Workout With Your Nutrition
Everyone knows you need a healthy diet and a work out regimen to optimize your health. Those shouldn’t be two separate pieces, though. Coordinate your workout with your nutrition plan. For instance, adjust your diet to include more energizing foods on days with heavy workouts. One option is to take pre-workout protein supplements.
This coordination should be a work in progress. On days when you don’t have enough energy to work out to your potential, take note and find a way to modify your meal plan next time.
There’s a reason personal training is a breakthrough for many people’s fitness journeys. It isn’t easy to learn how to make a workout plan you’ll stick with and one that will get results. The tips above will help you get started.
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