If you have ever gone to the gym, you have undoubtedly noticed the sharp increase in attendance around the first of January. Then, as the months progress, the once avid gym-goers one-by-one dwindle away. This is no coincidence. Working out is hard work, and it is harder when you work hard without seeing results.
Without the right routine, results come very slowly, if at all. Many people end up discouraged, therefore, end up dumping their fitness goals. It is important to pick a fitness routine that will work with you to meet your goals. If your 2015 resolution includes boosting your physical condition, consider these helpful tips.
Tips for picking the right routine
1. Consider the cost.
How much money do you want to throw down on your fitness?
Gym memberships can be costly, with some gyms charging membership fees upwards of $450 per year. That’s about $40 per month. Before purchasing a membership, decide whether the cost is worth it. If you can’t justify spending over $400 on a gym membership, consider another fitness investment. If you workout well in a group setting, consider enrolling in a fun fitness class. Other considerations are home workout programs, which can cost about $150, but will save you a gym membership and the hassle of going to and from the gym. Home programs have kicked up the intensity, and are more effective programs than in the past.
Working out can be free!
If you don’t have the extra cash to spend on getting into peak physical condition, use your creativity to create your own workouts! Go for a run, walk, bike ride, jump rope, or ANYTHING that gets you moving.
2. Consider the time.
How much time do you have to spend on your fitness….really.
30 minutes a day is recommended, but if you’re planning on driving to and from the gym, a full workout can take a lot more time than you originally anticipated. Think of what time of day you will workout, and what will work best in your schedule. Treat your workout sessions like an appointment, so you are more likely to stick to them. Choosing a time of day that you are most likely to workout can help you to select the right routine. If you need to squeeze in quick sessions, a home program may work well for you. If you need time at night to decompress, you may want to head to the gym for a longer, getaway session.
3. Consider the results.
Choose your workout program based on the results you want to see. Know that going to the gym without a proper plan may take you more time to reap the benefits. Choosing a high-intensity program may get you to your goals faster and more effectively.
Recommended Home Workout Programs
Nowadays, more people are looking to get fit, and more people have less time to do so. With busy schedules, and go-go-go days, fitting in fitness can be tricky. Here are some of the best home workout programs for you to consider. I have tried Insanity, P90X and Turbo Fire, and can say that all three are GREAT for pushing yourself to the next level and getting in shape.
- Focus T25
- Insanity: The Asylum
- Turbo Fire
- Body Beast
Most of all, getting results takes time and dedication. Stay motivated and be persistent!
Stick to your goals!