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Find Out The Best Exercise Plan For You
March 18, 2017 / Brain M.
There’s no denying that there are so many ways to get fit, and keeping track of everything you could do can be daunting. From the likes of yoga and Pilates, to going for a jog or joining a gym, there is so much you can do to get on top of your physical fitness. The question is, however, which is the best for you? How do you form an exercise plan that is perfect for your body type and everything that your body needs? Every website you visit for every gym or fitness plan in the world will claim to be the best, or at least be perfect for you, but how true actually are those claims? What constitutes a perfect workout plan and do they even really exist? We’re here to help you find out.
The Questions You Need To Ask Yourself
First and foremost, you need to work out exactly what it is that you want from your exercise plan. There are some important questions you need to ask yourself before you get started, and we’ve pulled together a quick list of a few to get you started:
What are your fitness goals? - Determine your exercise goals before you even go in search of a gym membership and you’ll have something to aim for throughout the entire process. What do you want to get out of all of this training? You might not be looking to run a marathon, but is there a weight you want to reach? A look you want to achieve? (Be careful with look – some of our bodies just aren’t made to look a certain way!)
Do you just want to improve muscles? Or your entire body? – Joints, circulation, breathing, balance and coordination are all important factors when it comes to exercise, and so if you aren’t just looking to improve your muscle mass, it’s worth looking into how you can get your whole body fit.
Are you aware that weight loss and fitness are different? – Okay, this is a little bit of a trick question, but one worth taking note of. Weight loss and fitness are different, though they can go hand-in-hand. Sometimes. Often, when you’re getting fit you have to take in certain calories that won’t help you lose weight, but will improve your fitness, whereas losing weight will focus more on a different diet and exercise plan to lose what you’ve taken in.
Could you bring your training regime into everyday life? – If you’re short on time, which a lot of people are these days, finding a fitness plan that you can bring into your everyday life could be beneficial. Have you considered running to work in the mornings, or running home after? How about going to the gym during your lunch break, or simply walking more rather than catching the bus? The more you think about your fitness regime, and make it part of your life, the more likely you are to actually stick to it.
Can you find a regime with more than one benefit? – So you’ve decided what you want out of your exercise plan. You might’ve chosen a weight loss goal, or maybe you want to build muscle mass. Maybe you just need to improve your overall fitness and health – whatever the case, there are training regimes and fitness plans that can help you reach more than just your main goal. You can practice strength and stretching all in the same program, or mindfulness and body through yoga. Multi-faceted programmes are better value not only for money, but for your time too. After all, why spend hours of your week training for one benefit, when you can adjust your training slightly and get two, three or even four or more benefits through the same technique?
DNA Testing
Of all of the methods we’re going to look into today, DNA testing is perhaps the lesser known of them all – but what is DNA testing, exactly? Well, it’s pretty much what the name suggest. DNA testing is the process of supplying some of your DNA, usually by a swab of the inside of your cheek, to be tested in a laboratory. This can be used for paternity testing, forensic testing, gene therapy and, in the case of fitness and health it can help you find out more about your overall wellbeing.
The reports that can be provided through DNA testing for health can include information about your diet, your fitness levels and how your general health is which can ultimately be used to help. After all, finding the right fitness plan to suit you is easier with the more about yourself that you actually know. The European Society of Human Genetics have even claimed that those who take a DNA test are likely to lose 33% more weight than those who don’t and try to figure it all out alone. But how do you take these results and turn them into an exercise plan?
Well, with the right DNA test, you’ll often be given advice on the fitness plans that will suit you best, even if it’s a simple “high intensity and short duration” suggestion. Take this, a little research, and maybe some advice from an expert in all things fitness and you could build up an exercise plan fairly easily. Of course, there’s no way to make it perfect from the offset so it could take a little shifting around here and there over time, but with this head start, you’ll have the right exercise plan and even diet faster than those who spend hours poring over various exercise plans and diets, waiting to find the right one that works.
DNA testing truly is something to be marvelled, especially when you consider that a simple cheek swab (okay, and maybe a short questionnaire) can tell you not only that your body is suited to a certain exercise plan, but that you’re better suited to a low or high carb diet, that you’re lactose intolerant, and maybe even that you’re prone to accidents! You could be told which vitamins you need to increase, and what you need to eat less of, but this ultimately depends on which test you decide to take.
Visit A Gym And Ask A Trainer
Remember the expert we mentioned you should see with your DNA results? Well, if you find yourself unable to take a DNA test for any reason, going straight to a professional could benefit you considerably in the long run.
When you join a gym, it’s likely that you’ll be offered a session with a fitness instructor of some form, and if you aren’t offered one you can probably ask – especially when the gym has high-tech equipment. In fact, most gyms will encourage you to have this session as it can include training on how to use each piece of equipment you’ll face while you’re at the gym. Make sure you take full advantage of this service! It can be damaging to not only the equipment, but to your body as well. Sustaining injuries if you aren’t experienced in exercising is incredibly easy, so make sure you know how to do the exercise routine correctly.
But back on point – finding a fitness instructor can help give you a leg up just as much as a DNA test could. By answering some questions and discussing your goals (remember those?) and even a little bit of your diet and exercise history with them, you could find that they build an entire fitness routine for you. If you hire a personal trainer, they will most definitely do this for you – after all, that is there job. Of course, this is money permitting, but a personal trainer certainly isn’t something to turn your nose up at. You might feel a little nervous at the prospect of someone controlling your work out, but believe us when we say it’s well worth the initial awkwardness. After all, they have their job for a reason, and unless you’re a fitness expert yourself, they’re going to know more about how the body works and how exercise affects it than you will.
Pair a meeting with a personal trainer with DNA test results and you have a recipe for success. Of course, even with both of these in play it’s important to remember that there is no ‘perfect’ routine to follow. Even with all the preparation in the world, certain routines can be shifted and adjusted as you see fit depending on what you like, what you enjoy, and what is and isn’t working. A DNA test will just give you the leg up that you need, with a personal trainer being able to turn your results into something substantial.
A mix of diet, exercise and potentially even mindfulness can help you reach the fitness goals you need, but make sure that you have the support, research, and the equipment that you need. And without further ado, let us wish you good luck, and happy exercising.
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