HIIT? Spinning? Body Pump? Barre? Swimming? Dancing? Yoga? Hot Yoga? Pilates? EMS? CrossFit? Running? Cycling? WHAT?!
Fitness programs and facilities are popping up like mushroooms. If you are not already confused about what is out there, I can tell you that I AM! We are swamped with information on fitness/health/nutrition all over the internet and social media. There are programs promising anything from fast/immediate fat loss to super strength gains etc.
It has become increasingly difficult to decide what is best for you. (I FEEL YOU!)
Before you jump on any program or if you don’t even know where to start, here are some things for you to think about:
1. Fitness Goals
Whatever you choose to get into, make sure that they are aligned with your fitness goals. Are you looking to lose weight? Gain strength? Or increase flexibility, mobility and stability?
Once you have written down your goals, it is easy to decide what to do in order to achieve them. Or, if you already have your goals but unsure of which is the best method, get help from a fitness professional!
My previous goals were to run longer and faster. So, obviously running was all (almost) I ever did. Many people used to laugh at the idea that I was a cardio junkie or thought that I was crazy. Running has always gotten a bad rep in terms of its effectiveness in weight loss. Well, not everyone’s goal is to lose weight! I agree that if your goal is to lose weight, there are other more effective ways.
If you are training for a marathon, you’ll be out there pounding the pavement instead of spending most of your time in the weight room (and vice versa).
SET YOUR GOALS!
If you like running, GO AHEAD! If you like weights/heavy lifting, GO AHEAD!
This point is closely related to interest. If you are not interested, you won’t be able to sustain it for long.
Fitness is a LONG TERM ON GOING journey and it should be a part of your lifestyle/routine. It is NOT a trend or a fad that you pick up, hit your goal and drop it. You’re in it for the long run.Find your BALANCE!
Whatever you pick, make sure that it is sustainable both financially and mentally. Of course, there is no harm in hopping around from one training/exercise to another. THERE ARE NO RULES!
As long as you’re happy and healthy!
Everyone performs better with support. Having people around you that support your goals or have the same interest MAKES A LOT OF DIFFERENCE!
They will be there to pick you up when you fall, to motivate you, to keep you accountable and listen to all your fitness related goals/chatter (HAAAA!).
The running community was there to share, motivate, encourage and push me beyond my capabilities.
Before you pick a program, THINK about these points!
Hope this helps! 😀