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Starting an Exercise Program

by Ryan Day, Personal Trainer, October 11, 2016

Everyone is always wondering what the newest and best workout program is. What's going to help me lose weight? What’s going to make me strong? If I follow Arnold Schwarzenegger's new program I'm going to look like him, right? Everyone has different goals, but how are we going to make sure we achieve them?

When starting an exercise program one of the most important pieces to success with that program is... (cue the drumroll) following that program! It's no big secret. You start a program to help you reach designated goals. Three weeks in you hear of a new program that promises better outcomes in a shorter amount of time. Sounds great, right? Well there's a few things wrong here. First, if a program is promising you something in a short amount of time, it's probably made up by some fitness guru trying to make some fast cash. Second, now you’ve stalled the progress you already made in your original program and are in a sense, starting from scratch with the new program.

Let’s say you've tried just about everything under the sun. From Richard Simmons' Sweatin to the Oldies to your local crossfit classes and you still haven't reached your fitness goals. What do we do?

You need to find a program that best fits your goals, as well as your life. Anybody can write a fancy program, tell you to work out 3 times a day, while drinking magical detox tea. But if your schedule and or budget doesn’t allow it, we've already set ourselves up for failure.

We also need to account for our personal exercise history. If you haven't exercised in over a year you shouldn't take up a high intensity class. Sure, the benefits may sound great but if you’re struggling a few minutes into the session and are sore for the next week, how long till you start skipping sessions?

You want to make exercise a long-term commitment. Something you involve in your weekly routine without thinking twice about it. The best way to start is to set yourself up for success. If you're second guessing your ability to maintain your program before you even start, then take a step back. Reassess your decisions and make adjustments to ensure your success. If you're still having a hard time adhering to your current exercise regimen it might be a good idea to check in with an exercise professional.

To wrap things up, our big take home message here is to find a program that best fits you, be consistent, and be patient. Follow these three steps and you’re on your way to success.

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