So you are looking to get in shape. Look up for options online and you are hit with so many advertisements and websites.
You try out a few gyms and you end up yo-yoing through your fitness goals all year around. Many people do that. It’s hard to stick to a plan and your fitness goals especially when you get busy.
This is the approach I take when deciding my training regime. I realized people either opt for group classes or personal training. But frankly I think everyone should be doing group classes, personal training and some exercises on your own as well.
Aim to exercise 3-4 times a week. Yes, your body needs it. Just play with the intensity according to your energy levels. Days when you are feeling tied, do a lighter session like cycling, slow jog or yoga. And on days when you are less tired, do more intense sessions like high interval training or resistance training. I think it is good to have a variety of training in a week instead of just sticking to yoga or lifting in the gym. Gives your body challenges and it gives you an opportunity to build a good relationship with your body by learning your strengths and weaknesses.
Use them for socializing, tapping on your competitive side and to burn calories. Group classes provide a great environment for these. You don’t have to stick to a particular gym or a particular group class either.
You may switch them up as and when you please. If you particularly love a class, for example boxing, then do that as often as you like. Do what makes you happy and keeps you in a positive environment.
Personal Training and Privates
1 to 1 sessions are great for a variety of reasons. Helps you correct you bad habits in terms of form. A good trainer will be able to pick up on your weaknesses quickly. For example, mobility issues or weak joints. These things affect your movements and posture and trainers have got an eye for such detail.
I am a personal trainer and I still do privates for martial arts. It helps me fine tune my technique. You could do the same with resistance training.
Exercising on your own
This I feel is a form of meditation and self-care routine. Keeps you in a good relationship with your body and helps you wind down and analyses your lifestyle. If you overate, ask yourself why you did that. What emotions contributed to you losing control of your self-discipline. Being aware of how tired, tight or sore your body is helps you determine your next step in fitness.
It could be something like a long slow jog, a hike, swimming, cycling, or a 30-minute stretch or bodyweight exercises at home. Add it to your weekly routine and you will know what I am talking about.
I hope this approach helps. Remember not to run away from strength training. And high interval training does not constitute of strength training. Also don’t just do strength training and not do any cardio either. The heart is a muscle that needs to be trained too. All the best in your fitness endeavors!
Author: Suba Day
Hi, I am a Personal Trainer and my blog posts are based on questions my clients tend to ask me.