How to Start a Fitness Exercise Program

fitness exercise programThe way to start a good fitness exercise program is by planning one that fits your schedule and lifestyle.

Following is a 5-step guide to help you get started with a regime that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

1. Do an assessment of your current fitness level

Record your current fitness level as this will serve as your baseline against which you can measure your progress. Assess your aerobic conditioning and muscular fitness by recording the following:

  • Your pulse rate just before and right after walking 1 mile (1.6 km)
  • The time it takes for you to finish a 1-mile walk
  • The number of push-ups you can make in a given span of time (e.g., every 5 minutes)
  • Your waistline circumference
  • Your BMI or body mass index

2. Design your fitness exercise program

You need to plan your fitness program so that you can have an easy-to-follow and organized health fitness regime. Here are some pointers that you should keep in mind:

  • Know your goals. Whether you want to lose weight or want to prepare for a marathon, you have to design your fitness regime relative to your goals.
  • Balance your routines. To maximize the result of your fitness exercise program make sure that the fitness routines you’ve included are balanced. A 150-minute total of moderate aerobic activity coupled with a 75-minute vigorous aerobic exercise a week may be a good program depending on your specific goals.
  • Find your pace. It’s never a good idea to start a fitness exercise program too soon, too much. You should always start slowly and then progress gradually. Let your body rest after each exercise session.
  • Write the plan down. This will encourage you to stay on track.

3. Prepare your equipment. This will include shoes, core workout equipment, and other gear. If you can afford to invest in gym equipment (e.g., treadmills), buy something practical, functional and easy to use.

4. Get started. After planning your fitness exercise program, you should be able to start without hassle. When doing routines, always keep these things in mind:

  • Don’t force yourself. Make sure that you do not stress your body by starting suddenly without warming up. Warm up before you start any routine, and then cool down before finishing up.
  • Break the routines up. A good fitness exercise program should have a number of shorter, more frequent routines.  A 15-minute session twice daily may fit more to your schedule as compared to a 30-minute exercise session.
  • Take a break. If you feel nauseated or just plain sick, take a break. Don’t push yourself too hard.

5. Track your progress. Six weeks after the start of your fitness exercise program, check your fitness level again. This will tell you whether your regime was effective or not. This will also serve as your basis as to what goals to set next and as to what extent you should be stretching your fitness regime.

The best fitness exercise program doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It should be able to fit to your needs and should be achievable at your own pace.

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