In order to have the best possible fitness plan, there are several elements you need to take into consideration. To maximize your exercise, make sure you are working towards specific goals, taking into account all aspects of your health, and keeping a consistent schedule.
You don’t have a plan if you don’t have specific, attainable goals in mind. Setting goals can keep you on track and motivated and help you break through fitness plateaus.
Setting a heart rate goal, for example, can help you recognize when it is time to increase the intensity or otherwise change your workout. Measure things like your heart rate, the numbers of reps you do in a workout, the kinds of exercises, and so forth in a log in order to keep track of your progress.
Be specific, realistic, and healthy with your goals. Don’t be afraid to reevaluate if they seem unreasonable. Don’t be too hard on yourself if it takes you a long time to reach your goals, and always give your body time to rest and recover.
A Holistic Approach
Take a holistic approach to physical fitness by including your diet and sleep schedule in your fitness plan. Despite a rigorous physical exercise plan, failure to maintain healthy habits as far as eating and sleeping can lead to health problems. When you take a holistic approach, you can achieve total overall wellbeing and make your physical fitness more sustainable and long-lasting.
How you eat has a huge impact on your fitness. Make sure you are consuming the nutrients you need and not putting too much processed, fatty, sugary foods into your body. Your diet should include protein, omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, through vegetables, fruit, nuts, fish, lean meats, beans, and healthy fats.
Pay attention to your quality of sleep, as well. Make sure you have a good bedtime routine that helps you wind down and relax before bed, and make sure you have a mattress that is not too old and is in good repair. Sleeping on an old mattress can result in health problems for you.
Consistency is key in order to help you progress. Write out a schedule as part of your fitness plan to ensure you are exercising regularly and not skipping too many days. A balanced exercise plan includes a minimum of two strength training sessions and 75-150 minutes of aerobic exercise (depending on the intensity) per week.
Consider attending regular fitness classes, exercising every morning, or making plans to work out with a friend. This will help you stay accountable to yourself. Without consistency, it is unlikely you will see the results you want.
If you are not setting goals, taking a holistic approach, and being consistent, your fitness plan is only doing so much for you. In order to get the most out of your exercise and maximize your health, be sure to include these three things.
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