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Setting The Stage For A Successful Workout

2014 is here along with millions of people and their New Year’s resolutions for a happier, healthier lifestyle.

In this day and age, there are countless exercise programs and dieting supplements advertised to perform unlikely miracles.

Selecting the right workout and committing to a healthy daily routine is vital to any progress you hope to see. But how to even begin making that selection?

A good place to start is with your goals, current health, and physical ability, all of which have a profound impact on how you select the best routine for you.

Determining Your Personal Goals

Before you even think about doing a single push up, the first step in choosing the proper workout is to define a goal. This is where you need to be completely honest with yourself and decide if you are trying to lose weight, bulk up, or maybe even just work on flexibility.

Setting The Stage For A Successful WorkoutIt is also important to also be realistic in your expectations. While being motivated and competitive are great qualities, expecting to lose/gain 50 lbs. in one week can lead to injury and set you up for failure. Decide specifically what it is you want to accomplish and then select the appropriate workout routine to achieve this.

If your goal is losing weight for example: high intensity, high repetition, and low weight workouts are ideal for burning fat. While gaining weight and lean muscle is just the opposite: high weight low repetition workouts.

Recognizing Your Physical Abilities and Overall Health

Before diving into the next Boot Camp or Cross Fit training, assess your health constraints and be sure to consider any past injuries that may hinder your abilities. Many of these high intensity, snap into shape type classes will make you sign a waiver or have a doctor’s permission before participating.

Asthma, cardiovascular diseases, and past injuries are some examples of things to address before you consider a specific type of training. It is best to consult with your doctor or seek the help of a professional personal trainer if this is an area of concern.

Tailoring Your Workout to Your Body Type

Determining your body type will help to establish the types of exercises to perform and the number of repetitions for each. There are three main body types:

  • Ectomorph
  • Mesomorph
  • Endomorph

These three body types differentiate in size and weight and all require very different workout routines. Many individuals are a combination of two type, although one is usually more dominant. Knowing your body type and your body mass index (BMI) can help narrow down the types of workouts that will have the biggest payoff.

Establishing the right workout plan is just as important as being dedicated to your routine. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is a great motto when it comes to spending time in the gym.

Knowing yourself is an important part in setting the stage for a healthy and beneficial exercise program. Do your due diligence, set a goal and stick to it. Know your body’s limitations and abilities, and use this to your advantage to maximize your workouts for better results.

Author Bio

This article was written by Nick Quinlan, an avid lifter and personal fitness instructor. Nick has also been contributing professional content to Rejuve Health Clinics for the past year.

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