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How do I Choose the Best Physical Fitness Program?

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  • Written By: Lauren Romano
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 22 April 2019
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Choosing a physical fitness program can allow for an individual to make a plan to get in shape and improve his or her health. When deciding which plan is best, it is vital to first decide what the goals are and what the body can handle. After making evaluations and discussing options with a doctor, choosing a routine based on time availability, goals and ability to maintain it is going to be helpful for putting together the best program possible.

The first step in choosing a physical fitness program is to get a checkup by a doctor. After getting guidance on what to avoid and what to focus on, you'll be able to narrow down the options to include in the program. Starting a new program without getting an okay from a doctor could be detrimental to your health.

The next step in choosing a physical fitness program is deciding on a goal. Someone training for a specific reason, such as entering the military or running a marathon, would need a different routine than someone trying to lose a few pounds. It can also help determine the amount of time needed to accomplish a goal, however, it is still important to plan on a realistic time frame and to not try to do too much in too little time.

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Choosing exercises that are enjoyable is going to be a motivator to stick with the program. Boring exercises or those that are more dreadful than exhilarating are going to result in a partial or eventually nonexistent effort. Two aspects that must be part of the program are the warm-up and cool-down phases, both of which are essential for the body to ease into and out of exercise.

Before jumping into a physical fitness program, keep in mind to start slow and build up gradually. Start with 20 minutes a day a few days a week and alternate or give breaks in between different types of workouts. For example, if doing cardio one day, skip doing it the next and opt for weight training or another type of exercise unless there is a specific goal that requires otherwise.

When choosing a physical fitness program, consider consulting with a personal trainer to form a plan tailored to your specific needs, age, body type and goals. He or she can also help put together a plan that is tailored to your specific likes and dislikes. Before long, it's possible to have a program that is enjoyable and works well.

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