How To Start a Realistic Fitness Program

To start a workout routine is very crucial. Did you know that starting a realistic workout routine can improve your overall health?

The fact is, exercise helps boost your immune system and, therefore, helps curb chronic illnesses such as sleep disorder, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Furthermore, following your workout routine can improve your sex drive, and moods, reduce stress, improves your brain health, and turn your fats into fit. Get to know these 10 amazing health benefits of exercise.

Here are 3 major steps to start a realistic  workout routine

Step 1:  Do Medical Checkup

This is the baseline of the fitness program. You need to pay a visit to a nearby healthcare Centre and check your medical conditions.

According to PubMed,this is highly recommended for people who are over 45 years old. It is also important for any other person who wants to start a workout routine.

Importance of medical checkup before starting a realistic workout routine

  • Enable you to evaluate your fitness level
  • Help you identify any medical conditions that may limit your workout
  • Let you measure body mass index (BMI) for tracking progress
  • Identifies your pulse rate
  • Help you capture your waist measurement
  • It helps you seek the best advice from experts including a dietary plan
  • May help you pinpoint some of the common mistakes in the fitness industry

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Step 2:  Draft your realistic fitness program

Having a realistic fitness program to meet your primary goals is the key to better health. Some people make workout routines that are unrealistic ending up not achieving their goals.

Before you can put it on paper, you need to consider the following:

  1. Your fitness primary goals

What are your primary goals as you start a realistic fitness program? Do you want to gain weight or lose weight? Or do you want to compete for the IFBB bodybuilding or Mr. Olympia contest?

Do you want to prepare for a cross-country marathon? Or do you want to lose excess belly fats? And do you want to reduce chronic illness?

The truth is, your primary goals will determine how your fitness program will appear on paper. Importantly, make realistic goals and work towards it.

       2. Have a well-balanced workout routine

Balancing is something that is very important more so, at equilibrium. You need to balance all the things that you do in your everyday workout.

Schedule your time properly for each and every activity in your realistic fitness program. Include resting days or hours since the body needs time to recover from damages.

Do not forget to include a nutrition plan in your workout program.

      3. Be progressive

There is one common mistake that new beginners make, that is, starting at a high pace that they cannot maintain instead of staring at slower pace.

I want to convince you to start at a slower pace and improve gradually.

For instance, you want to compete for cross-country marathon, start with the 1-mile race, then to 1.5 miles as you progress. Your workout program should highlight where to start.

Making a simple and realistic workout program, you must not rush the progress.

     4. Strict to your fitness program

Start a workout routine and following it is a key to faster weight loss or weight gain.

Actually, adhering to your fitness program is the best way to achieve your primary goals.

Drafting your fitness program without following it is a big mistake.

Dedicate your time to train and stop making excuses.

     5. Do a comprehensive workout

Include different fitness activities. Have resistance training, weight lifting, cardio, and other complex workouts.

Complex training targets specific muscles if you want to gain bigger muscles. For instance, on shoulder day, you need to add calf raises.  

It is important to be careful while doing a comprehensive workout to avoid injuries.

     6. Put it on paper

Writing down your workout timetable and attaching it somewhere, is the best you can do to allow you stay updated.

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Step 3:  Get the training requirements and start your workout

After creating a realistic workout routine, you now need to purchase the necessary training equipment such as gym shoes or sport shoes, workout clothes, training tracker, gym gloves, and many other workout equipment.

Do not start your workout without purchasing workout materials.

For instance, buying tracking devices that will help monitor and evaluate your training progress is very important to include in the budget.

Tips to improve your fitness program

After starting a workout program, you need to make it effective by improving it. This has been a challenge for many people in the fitness industry.

These tips will help you stick to your fitness program and make your home workouts fruitful.

Here are the tips to help you achieve your fitness program goals

  • Start slowly and improve steadily
  • Be creative by finding other activities to add to your workout program
  • Fix more time for your workouts but never over train
  • Listen to your body by allowing your body muscles to recovery
  • Stay hydrated through the day by drinking enough water
  • Be determined, consistent and dedicated
  • Have a nutrition plan
  • Monitor your progress

Related: 3 necessary things I did before my starting exercise.

Summing it up

Start a realistic fitness program and not strictly following it, is like wasting your time. You need to be disciplined to your workout program.

Also, not making a realistic workout plan is not good, you need to stay within your limit.

Furthermore, not including the nutrition plan in your fitness program can negatively affect your fitness progress.

Remember, food is very essential for your general health.

Poor dietary choices can lead to chronic disease.

Therefore, you need nutritionist advice on the types of food to eat and foods to avoid while training.

In addition, don’t forget to check your medical condition before starting your workouts.

Measure your BMI, pulse rate and other relevant medical examinations to avoid injuries.

 Assessing your fitness level is very crucial for tracking your progress.