The purpose of a fitness plan is to help an individual
accomplish their fitness goals. To lose inches off your waist and transform
your body into a leaner, stronger, healthier you requires a fitness plan
structured to accomplish these goals. With all the different programs available
today, use the information below to find the right plan for you.
Eat Right, Train Right
Nutrition and training are not mutually exclusive and should
be the cornerstones of your fitness plan. Good nutrition is vital for the
proper growth and development of a healthy body and supplies us with the fuel
required to train effectively and recuperate. Utilizing these cornerstones will
help you lose inches off your waist, build muscle and increase your metabolic
Many fitness plans provide step by step instructions and
other useful tools such as nutrition guidelines, daily workout routines,
multiple workout programs, meal plans, journals, calendars, to do list, etc.,
to help you succeed. Use the tools to keep you focused, organized and moving
forward towards accomplishing your goals.
As you embark on your fitness journey, don’t confuse
activity with achievement. You need to achieve the daily task(s) called for in
your program. Giving 110% effort in your workout is achievement; going to the
gym to socialize is activity. Only achievement produces results!
Here are some tips to help find a program right for you:
* Program Compatible with your Current Fitness Level
Make an honest assessment of your current physical condition
and find a program at or near your fitness level. Many programs have beginner,
intermediate and advance levels. Seek a Doctors’ advice if you haven’t
exercised for some time and make sure you consider any special needs, previous
injuries, for example, that may prevent you from completing the program.
* Program Compatible with Health and Fitness Goal
Make sure the fitness program was created for achieving the
goal you want to achieve. If you want to lose fat, pick a program that focuses
on fat loss and includes the nutrition and training required to achieve that
goal. Likewise, if your goal is to increase muscle mass; find a program that
focuses on muscle growth.
* Program Compatible with your Personality
Find a program that includes things you like. If you enjoy
lifting weights, pick a program that has weight training exercises. Consider
the following: working out indoors v. outdoors; lifting weights v. bodyweight
exercises; cardio machines (treadmill, elliptical, stair master) v. outdoor
activity (jogging, running, hiking). A program that contains things you like to
do keeps you motivated and consistent with your training.
* Program You Can Commit To
Make sure you have enough time in your schedule to do what the
program calls for. We all find time to do something we like to do! This brings
us back to finding a program compatible with your personality. It’s much easier
to commit to a program that peaks your interests, motivates and challenges you
than trying to motivate each day to do something you don’t want to do.
See if the program you like requires any equipment and/or
fitness products. Some programs require gym equipment to complete the exercises
while others call for dumbbells, straps, pull-up bars, etc. There are very
intense high quality programs on the market that only require your bodyweight
to complete the exercises.
* Support System
Check whether a program has a support system for any
questions you may have regarding the program. Many programs have websites or
other type of support system.
* Money Back Guarantee
Many plans now come with an unconditional money-back
guarantee. This may come in handy if you buy a program, go through it and find
out it is not what you expected.
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