The fact that it’s the end of the summer doesn’t meant that you need to be sitting on your couch, eating junk food and watching Netflix every day after work. Surely, this has its perks too, and you should do it from time to time, but you definitely need to continue with your regular fitness routine. However, if this was the summer that you wanted to work out but somehow didn’t get your finger around to how to achieve that, perhaps it’s time to start now. This article will try and help you find and stick to a fitness routine – summer of 2019, get ready for the perfect body!
1. Allocate time
The biggest problem for working out, apart from being lazy, is not having enough time to hit the gym or do whatever workout you had in mind. Your job, kids and other responsibilities might significantly affect the time you have for yourself, but everything is manageable with just a bit of organization. The first thing that you need to do is allocate time for your fitness sessions – you can easily find at least 2 to 3 hours a week for working out, and if you put them in your schedule in the right time, you can easily organize other responsibilities accordingly. The best idea would be private sessions with a personal trainer, but since these might break the bank, you can always find certain group trainings in the time slot that’s comfortable with you. Make sure that you set aside at least one hour for the actual exercising, plus half an hour for getting ready and taking a shower afterwards.
2. Choose the right exercises
Since you’re reading this article, it probably means that you’re a newbie in this department and you really want to know how to find the perfect fitness routine. Another problem that might occur is that you don’t know what exercises to choose, as not all the exercises are perfect for everyone. One tip is to keep it simple. Many people complicate their workouts by working on many muscle groups all at once, which can certainly backfire. If you really want to know how to find your soulmate workout the key is finding simple exercises and staying true to them. Afterwards, you can always ask a personal trainer to help you choose the best ones for your goal and your body type. Once you get used to these exercises at first, you will easily make your workout slightly more challenging by introducing some new ones.
3. Think of alternatives
Having a fitness routine does not necessarily mean that you have to hit the gym and lift weights as there are other ways of working out as well. If you’re not that dynamic in personality, perhaps it would be good to think of yoga sessions. These will also help you get fit, but also become more concentrated in general, which makes it a great alternative. Yoga really helps a person in more ways that one, and if you’ve always wanted to try it out, perhaps now it’s the time. The yoga sessions will be seen on your body as well. Moreover, you can opt for swimming, jogging or even dance classes – whatever makes you feel good.
4. The duration of each session
If we’re talking gym-wise, the duration of a session might come as a bit of a problem, especially if this is your first time at the gym. No matter how many sets and repetitions you’re having, make sure that you need to have everything done in circa 45 minutes, and then allocate the rest 15 for running on a treadmill or doing any other cardio activities. If you cannot your lift your arms easily at the end of the training, it means that you didn’t push yourself as hard as you should have. As other alternatives are concerned, such as yoga or dancing – you will have an instructor there to guide you and tell you when to finish, so you don’t actually have to think about it (but each session will last for about one hour).
5. Keep a workout journal
If you’re the organized type, then keeping a workout journal might do wonders for you. You need to keep track of everything, as this is how you will see if you performance has improved or not. There are many ways to keep a workout journal, and whichever you choose, make sure to start from day 1. If you’re not the writing kind, there are plenty of apps for your smart phone that will help you keep track of everything, and seeing the numbers of sets and repetitions growing will definitely serve as motivation. Also, don’t forget to add photos of your body for each week so that you have a visual representation of your success.
It might be easier said than done, but you have to start once eventually, right? So if you have the option now to find the perfect fitness routine and stick to it, why not? Pack your gym clothes and get going!
Contributing Author: Claire Hastings is Australian designer, writer and regular contributor at ripped.me. She’s been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Social media links: facebook, twitter