When you walk into a library or bookstore, you wouldn’t take a random book off the shelf and say to yourself, “It really doesn’t matter what I read, just as long as I’m reading.” Before purchasing or checking-out your new book, you would have considered certain criteria of what kind of book(s) will be of most benefit to you. Are you looking for a book geared towards children, teenagers, or adults? Fiction or non-fiction? A biography, a novel, self-help, or even maybe an instructional manual perhaps? Maybe you’re not even looking for a book, but a particular magazine, newspaper, or CD.
Sometimes, especially during the new year when health and fitness are at the forefront of our minds, people will approach exercise with the same thought process as taking any random book off the shelve with the intention that, “It really doesn’t matter how I exercise, just as long as I’m exercising.” Exercise and physical activity are always an important part of your overall health. However, it can be even better if you consider certain criteria that make your exercise program specific to your ultimate goals and objectives.
Questions to ask when considering an exercise program:
- What do I like to do? Biking, yoga, weight training, etc.
- What are my goals and purposes? Finish a 10k, increase power in my golf swing, ability to go hiking with my grandkids, etc.
- What is my current fitness level? Beginner, intermediate, advanced.
- How active am I now? Sedentary, occasionally active, very active, etc.
- Do I have current or previous orthopedic injuries? Pain in my shoulder, hip, low back, knee, etc.
- What are my medical issues? Heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
- How much time can I dedicate towards exercise? 30, 45, 60 min/day; how many days a week?
- What do I have access to? Gym, home equipment, parks, trails, etc.
- What outcome do I want most from my exercise program? Increase strength, improve balance, decrease body fat, etc.
When you have access to and utilize an exercise program that is tailored to you, you reduce the risk for injury and increase the likelihood of actually achieving your desired objective. A specific training protocol creates a specific outcome. Contact a fitness professional to help you design a program that fits your needs and objectives.
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