Creating a Personal Fitness Plan

Creating a personal fitness plan is the first step to enjoying life more fully.  As you get fitter, your mood changes, your self esteem lifts and you just feel happier with yourself!  The bonus to getting fitter is that you feel stronger and lighter as well.  You can usually wear those clothes you really want to wear and do those things you really want to do.

There are many different ways to approach getting fit; however all of the effective ways require that you have something of a plan and goals in order to achieve direction and obtain a desired result.  Often times, however, the hardest part is just sitting down and determining how it will all play out.

Fortunately once you know which important factors you need to know and include in a fitness plan, it will be much easier to sit down and decide which direction you want to go.  Simply put, a fitness plan is easy once you know what you are doing.  It becomes a way of life.

First and foremost, before you get started, it is important know what exactly your fitness level is.  For the most part you probably have some idea of how fit you are, but it important to know what your limits are and where you can start.

Next it is important to consider what exactly your fitness goals are, are you doing this to lose weight or do you have some other motivation, like running a marathon?  Having clear goals can help you gauge your progress.

You will want to create a balanced routine, meaning get your cardio in, which may be running on a treadmill, but also get in your weight training, and remember to stretch.  It is important to keep everything balanced.

Next, make sure you go at you own pace.  It is not necessary to try and keep up with other people, so long as you are pushing yourself on a regular basis, doing better than how you did in the past.

Fitness is a commitment, thus is should be treated so.  It is important to schedule your exercise and follow through as if it were an appointment with your boss.  However, for the sake of making it enjoyable, there is no problem in watching your favorite show while warming up on your elliptical trainer for example.  As you can see from our introduction page, you can set it up outside and watch the sun come up!

Make sure as well to plan for different activities.  While you are exercising you will want to make sure that you have variety.  In all honesty, there are times where you will just be bored out of your mind doing the same thing over and over, so make sure and switch it up.  Your elliptical trainer can form an excellent basis to your programme.

Finally, make sure you put everything down on paper.  It has been said, when performance is measured, performance improves.  When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates.

These are some of the most important elements of creating a fitness plan.  Creating a plan will help you stay committed, and once you have committed yourself and followed through, you will see steady improvement over time.

While our focus is on advising you about the elliptical trainers, from time to time we will provide articles about health, exercise, nutrition, wellness, and links to excellent books.  These may be recipe books, such as the amazing books by Sarah Wilson, I-Quit-Sugar.   We will also offer book titles and recommendations that are specific on the best use of your elliptical trainer.


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