10 Tips to Make Your Fitness Plan Work

January 23, 2011 · 3 comments

This is a guest post by Tess Mathews.

Everybody knows the wisdom behind the words “a sound mind is a sound body”. However, putting it into practice is a different matter altogether. It requires tremendous willpower to plan a health plan and moreover putting it into action. When a person decides to take his fitness into his own hands, it is important to have a sound plan to ensure the regimen is effective.

Listed below are some tips that will do wonders for your fitness plan:

  • Consult doctor - When it comes to health, the person need to possess a sound disposition which can be made sure after a thorough physical examination. This is especially helpful if the person has taken a long break from working out or has never worked out.
  • Buy a health notebook - Here you can make a note of all the exercises that you do each day. This notebook will provide the motivation to carry on. The journal will also come in handy when you write down your goals - both long term and short term.
  • Timings - To exercise, one needs to fix a proper time when he can do them. Make sure your schedule is free at the same point of each day to avoid any irregularities. One needs to mark the timings just as they would mark your gym’s timings.
  • Will power - Before following a routine, a person goes through various mental blocks. They are usually in one steady line: not to exercise- thinking about it- preparing for it- starting it- following it.
  • Simplicity is the key - Including a routine in your jam packed schedule is a tough call. However, to reduce the difficulty in the transition, one can start with the basic moves and gradually progress to the advanced exercises. By starting with simple exercises, you will have the will and the energy to carry on.
  • Distraction -People who are new to fitness programs may find the exercises boring or tedious at times. They can either listen to music or read books to break the monotony.
  • Pairing - For people who enjoy socializing, working out alone can be deadly monotonous. So asking a friend for accompaniment is a good way to kill the boredom.
  • Talking - Giving oneself a heart-to-heart pep talk is a great way of jumping into the routine of working out.
  • If not all, then some - Just like every regime, there may be some deserters in this line too. If the person misses the work out hour, they can squeeze in some time to do the basic exercises so that he remains in the groove.
  • Team Player - If exercising alone is a bore; a person has the option of enrolling himself/herself in a gym or a health club so that he or she can take care of their health and enjoy social time too.

Take these tips and build your plan to fitness success.

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Jim from Functional Fitness Facts January 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Another tip is to set goals. Goal setting has been scientifically proven to work. Goals produce action. Goals create energy and motivation. Goals keep you focused.

john January 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

As you wrote in the post, one of the best things you can do is pair up. It’s harder to quit or binge or put off a workout when you have a partner going through the same thing.

Also, if you’re a competitive person- you won’t want to lose less weight than your partner/competitor.

Patrick Kallie January 30, 2011 at 8:42 am

I like the one about distractions! When I first started working out everything would take my mind off of putting in my workout. I had to learn how to block everything out until I was finished.

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