Discover the Fitness Workout Routine that’s Best for
There are many ways to get fit, healthy, and enjoy exercising.
Finding the right fitness workout routine that meets your own
varied needs is essential to keep going with exercise for life.
With many workout routines to choose from, there’s a lot to
consider before starting a workout program that’s a perfect fit
First of all, like most decisions, it’s important to consider
your goals; both long term and short term. If you want to lose
weight and have a good bit to shed your workout routine may be
different than if you don’t have weight to lose but want to
tighten those abs and pick up that butt.
Self Evaluation is Key to
It’s also vital to keep in mind any limitations you may have.
Physical or other limitations impact not just what you’re able
to do but if you’ll be able to stick with the fitness workout
Making it as easy as possible, especially when you first get
started, is very important for the long term success of your
exercise program. Let’s take a look at some of the most common
types of workout routines. Evaluate each one, consider your
goals, and your limitations if any (time, physical conditions,
fitness level, family and work obligations) and pick the one
that works the best for your unique
It’s also important to keep in mind that you should give any
new workout routine about four to six weeks before you decide
to stop it or change it up. (Unless you’re feeling pain or are
injuring yourself that is.) In fact statistics show that it
takes this long to become adjusted to any change and then
evaluate how it’s working.
Change is Good
If you feel that the workout routine you created (or someone
created for you) isn’t meeting your needs for any reason (too
hard, too easy, boring, painful, etc.) then don’t be afraid to
change it up. Simple changes in workout routines can really
help you find your desired results.
The list of workout routines is endless. You can constantly
change it up (and should once you’ve stuck with it to avoid
loss of motivation) and alter it depending on changing fitness
goals. (Once you lose those 20 pounds you’ll want a new goal,
how about six pack abs?)
Here are the three most common types of workout
Cardio and free weights
Cardio and fitness machines (often referred to as
You’ll notice that each of these on the list start with cardio.
That’s because any fitness goal should include cardiovascular
exercise. The goal isn’t just to look good but really feel good
too. (Of course looking good isn’t too bad
There are some people who only want to focus on cardio workout
routines. This is fine if that’s your individual preference.
Keep in mind the other benefits that come with strength
training and consider adding them to your workout down the
Each of the listed workout routines combines cardio with
strength training. It’s how you get the strength training that
Let’s explore each further.
Cardio and Free Weights
Free weights are just that; weights that you can move about
freely. These are the dumbbells you see stacked on holders
usually close to mirrors in the gym. Some people prefer to use
these free weights for strength training.
Form is of utmost importance when you use these types of
weights. Hence, the mirror. Keep an eye on your form with each
and every repetition and set. Poor form will not only decrease
the results of your workout it can also end up hurting you. If
you don’t know the proper form, ask a trainer, get a book, or
look around for wall pictures illustrating the proper way to
execute each exercise in your workout
If you’re just getting started with fitness you can do these
same exercises without free weights and work your way up.
Utilizing your own body weight is great for a good
Strength Training Fitness
Fitness machines for
workouts are also a very popular choice. These are the numerous
pieces of equipment that
fill most of the space at the gym. Years ago they were simply
referred to as Nautilus equipment. That’s like calling a tissue
Most of the time these machines have instructions for use
directly on the machine but it’s not always easy to understand.
If you want to use these types of weights sign up for a
training session with a professional at your gym when you first join. You don’t need
a personal trainer to teach you how to use these. You can even
ask someone you’ve observed who knows what they’re
One of the benefits of these machines is the ability to
maintain form. They make it harder than free weights to have
poor form. However, you still can compromise your form so pay
attention to it.
There are many other options for workout routines and a great
many variations in workout routines when using free weights or
gym equipment. Choose what you find most interesting, get
started, have fun, and remember to give it a chance before you
change it up.