Date is set, and the plan is in place. You should actually know at least the first 30 days of your plan and what days you have time to work out. Now, to get in to planning those days , lets take a look at the exercises you will be doing.
Tip #3 – Types of Exercise
Some of the things to consider:
- Have you worked out in the past? If yes, what did you enjoy?
- Group Fitness Options
- Yoga Options
- Cardio Options
- Recreational Activities
- Freeweight Options
- Bodyweight Options
- Big Box Gym
- Rec Center
- Personal Trainer Options
- Youtube (? please use extreme discretion here)
If you are just starting out, I would recommend no more then 4 days/week and no more then 60 minutes per session. The best example of a training week would be free weights Mon/Thur and Cardio Tue/Friday. This would give the body optimum time to recover and rest since it isn’t used to the rigorous activity it will be experiencing. If you have never planned a workout before, we highly recommend the imuscle2 workout application. For less then $5 on apple or android, it is one of the most complete exercise apps we have ever seen.
For intermediate fitness level persons, a 5 day split is good to start with. Depending on your fitness goals, 2-3 days of cardio, and no more then 3 days of weights.
Restist the urge to Over-train. Over-training can be more harmful then beneficial right from the start. Listen to your body. If something does not feel right, it most likely isn’t.
Now take the next 10 minutes and plan out at least your next 7 days of exercise.
“Don’t ever step into the gym without knowing fully what you will be doing with your time there.”
Make sure to read the next post in the series as we continue “Our Top Ten Tips for Getting Back In Shape” Tip #4: Basic Nutrition here
Also, if you have any questions about workouts, feel free to leave them in the comments below.