Finding the Fitness Program that Works for You
We all want to be fit, but it can be a huge struggle to find a fitness program that we can actually stick with. I am guilty of starting and never finishing countless workout routines and fitness classes for a host of different reasons. It was either too hard or too easy. It was either too boring or too intense. It either cost too much or was too far out of the way. What started off as hopeful optimism about finally committing to getting fit was always quickly deterred. But then I found it- a solid way to narrow down my options and find the fitness program that was my best fit. Once I found the program for me I started achieving my goals, feeling better, and inevitably looking better. How did I do it? I asked myself five essential questions that ended up leading me to the best fitness program for me.
What Are Your Goals?
This is probably the most important question you have to ask yourself. Hence, the reason it is number one on the list. The fitness goals you want to reach will greatly narrow the scope of what you should focus on. If your primary goal is to lose weight, a cardio based program will likely be a better fit. If toning is your main goal, then a program that involves weight training will likely be a better fit. Whereas a goal of strengthening the core may make a Pilates-based program a better fit. Once you get clear about what you want to achieve you will be able to narrow down your options significantly.
What Do You Like?
Knowing what you like and dislike can greatly help you in your search for the best fitness program. Do you like something more playful or something more serious? Do you prefer indoor or outdoor fitness? Do you like to dance? Do you enjoy the water? Do you want something high or low impact? The questions could go on and on, but the main goal is to get a real handle on what you enjoy. You are far more likely to commit to a fitness program that you actually like, so figuring this out is key.
Solo or Community?
For me, solo is the way to go. I don’t like the pressure of having other people around me when I am sweating and breathing hard. I always feel like I am being watched and judged, which makes me self-conscious and inevitably leads to me ending my workout earlier than planned. However, there is a huge segment of the population that enjoys working out with others. For some, the community gives them more motivation, more energy, and just makes things more fun. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, figuring this out can help you decide whether a group/class approach is or is not a good fit for you.
What’s Your Budget?
Let’s be real, money does not grow on trees and fitness programs can be pricey. It’s important to know what you can afford or feel comfortable spending before committing to anything. Your health and wellness is worth an investment, but not to the point where you break the bank.
It can often be good to compare several options before making a final decision. Take the top three options you are considering and look at each option from all sides financially. How much does the program cost? Will you have to purchase any specific equipment, clothing, or food? Examining all facets should give you a very clear picture of what does and does not fit within your budget.
How Much Time Can You Commit?
If you’re like most people, you don’t have a boatload of time to commit to working out. This is a factor you should take into consideration when looking at potential fitness programs. Attending a fitness class at a designated time three times a week might not seem like a huge commitment at first, until you realize that balancing your family, job, and social life leaves little time for you to travel to a class, spend an hour there, and then travel back to wherever you need to be… especially not three times a week. While it’s important to make time for what is important, and your health should be important, overextending yourself to the point of stress is not okay.
With these five questions, you can narrow down the wide field of fitness programs to the one that is the best fit for you. Here is to hoping that 2019 is your fittest year ever!
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Diamond Grant is passionate follower of Christ with a deep love for writing. After rededicating her life to Christ during her college years, Diamond became an advocate for women pursuing mental, emotional, and physical health/wellness. When she is not busy being a homeschooling mama to her son or mentoring women on the road to healing, you can find her with a stack of books and a journal nearby ready to take notes.