How do I Create a Personalized Workout?

Nat Robinson
Nat Robinson
Listening to great music on an MP3 player or other device adds a touch of personality to a workout.
Listening to great music on an MP3 player or other device adds a touch of personality to a workout.

If you would like to get in shape and reclaim that figure of your youth, creating a personalized workout may be all you need to achieve that goal. A workout that has been personalized can be a fun and creative way to lose weight. One of the reasons it may be most enjoyable is because it is designed by you to work for you. Let's face it, no one knows better than you what you need to achieve those weight loss goals. For this reason, it can be a good idea to take the initiative a create your own personalized workout.

A personalized workout can be a fun and creative way to lose weight.
A personalized workout can be a fun and creative way to lose weight.

The first step in creating a personalized workout is to plan a workout. Decide what you need to accomplish with this workout program. Most people will have a preconceived idea of the areas of their body they wish to improve upon. Commonly, these areas include the abdomen, the arms and the thighs. Once you decide on your target points, plan exercises that will focus on improving those areas.

After you come up your workout plan, it is time to personalize it. Many people will benefit most from a personalized workout because it tailors to their individual needs. If you are trying to get a flatter abdomen, personalize a workout to include exercises which focus on sculpting abs. Some exercises may be off limits due to past experiences. For instance, some people may not be good with sit-ups, if this is you, find an alternative exercise to do which will serve the same purpose as sit-ups.

Once you have created a personalized workout, you should try it out rather soon. This will push you to get into the routine of taking part in the workout you've just created. You should also try it out to see if anything needs to be tweaked. One may need to tweak a workout if certain exercises cause extreme soreness or pain. The exercise may need to be altered or removed from the workout program all together.

There are other factors that may be included in a personalized workout. Some people may opt to include a workout playlist. Music may help to transfer concentration from the workout to the tunes playing in your ear. You may lose track of time while listening to music and may end up doing more exercises than you originally set out to. Additionally, a workout schedule should be made; it can serve as a guide to the workout program by presenting an overall view of all that has been accomplished as well as the things left to do.

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indigowater

@ninetydegree - There are plenty of experts out there willing to help you create your free personal workout plan. My best tip would be to go to your local bookstore and look through as many fitness plans as you can.

If you can't afford to purchase the books you want, you can always go online and find them cheaper. Just get yourself familiar with the expert workout plans out there and then try them out at home.

The most important tip is to modify whatever you choose to fit your lifestyle, health and ability. Don't kill yourself trying to keep up with the expectations of the expert trainers.

ninetydegree

@sunnysideup - What if I don't have access to a fitness club or trainer to help me create a personalized workout routine?

sunnysideup

A custom workout plan is definitely the way to go!

When you are young and healthy, working out can be as simple as playing tennis with friends, golf on Saturdays, a little zumba class on Friday evening, and a bike ride on Sunday afternoons with family. Seriously, when you are young and carefree, working out should be as simple as chocolate...it's there, you eat it. LOL!

As the years go by, making sure you work out becomes more important if you have high cholesterol, develop diabetes, suffer an injury, etc.

Once you've lived a while and you have to live with an injury, you have to work a little harder to create that personalized workout.

I suffered through some accidents which left me with places on my body that I have to be careful not to overtax. This is where a custom workout comes into play.

Since I'm not a professional trainer, I get help at the local fitness club from trainers who are used to working with people who aren't perfect. Plenty of us have issues we have to work around.

So. For cardio, I know I can't run on my bad knee but I can use the elleptical trainer and ride my bike or swim! Also, with my bad shoulder, I can't lift heavy weights but I can use my Total Gym and I can do yoga and pilates with bands.

Working around our problem areas gives us the freedom to still live a healthy, active life. Don't let your injuries keep you from having an active life!

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    • Listening to great music on an MP3 player or other device adds a touch of personality to a workout.
      Listening to great music on an MP3 player or other device adds a touch of personality to a workout.
    • A personalized workout can be a fun and creative way to lose weight.
      A personalized workout can be a fun and creative way to lose weight.