There are many points of view when it comes to exercising. Some websites say lots of cardio with some weight lifting works and others say lots of weight lifting with little cardio works best. Magazines may tell you to drink 4-6 protein shakes a day and avoid carbs at all costs.
Its kind of hard to just simply write an exercise plan because everyone’s body is different and responds differently to the activities which they do. Think about it, all of us have a friend whose never been to the gym but is in decent shape and other friends that are on all the latest health trends or fades and haven’t lost a pound in 5 years. If you’re looking for results, do you go to those people? You have to start listening a paying attention to what your body responds to.
Try a workout routine for 30 days. Lets say one that you got out of a magazine, online or from a friend. If you notice pretty decent results and you’re on track with your goals, then stick with it. Just make sure to increase the intensity every now and then. If you aren’t seeing the results you are looking for then it’s time to change it up. But how do you change it up? There are a number of things you can do. Try doing two workouts in a day, one cardio and another weight training, try a new form of cardio like swimming or riding a bike, or you can change your diet. Just something has to change if you are not seeing results.
If you aren’t willing to make that change then don’t complain when you aren’t seeing results or you look the exact same you as when you started. If you choose not to change and have a lack of results, in time you may get discouraged and eventually quit. This is absolutely not good because you will be repeating your new years resolution again next year and then the year after that. You may even resort to trying some radical weight loss formula that starves you and destroys your body in the process. Don’t let this happen. Push yourself to become better.
It’s best to view it from this angle. Become actively engaged with your life. Pay attention to what you eat, how you exercise, and your sleep patterns, etc. Then you can start to see a pattern of what works and what doesn’t work. It will help you obtain an understanding of how things affect you and allow you to have a better approach to the things that affect your health.
Start with some light cardio to warm your body up, this helps with getting your joints warmed up, it also helps activating your cardio system so it can properly supply your body with nutrients while working out, it will engage your nervous system as well so that your coordination is better. Then dive into some weight training. When weight training focus exercises that use groups of muscles. These include exercises like squats, deadlifts, shoulder press, bench press, dips, push ups, pull-ups, lunges, basically anything that engages more than one muscle. This will help further your coordination, but also build and sculpt your muscles more evenly as you train. Doing isolated exercises is okay, but you’re only working one muscle rather than 4-5 muscles at a time.
After you throw around some weights its time for some cardio. Start in the treadmill today, but keep switching up your choice of cardio in the future. Switching things up is great, because it keeps your body guessing. Keeping your body guessing is great for cardio. It keeps your muscles engaged and forces them to work, rather than becoming use to the exercise.
Focusing on what you eat is a big part of this whole getting healthy and in shape too. Making sure to eat very little to no sugar is best. Eat other bad foods in moderation. Focus mainly on vegetables, fruits, water, legumes, eggs, yogurt, non-dairy milks, pasta, honey, and water. Keeping these kinds of food in your diet will help with properly fuel your body during a workout and help them recover after your workouts.
Remember, if you’re exercise routine isn’t working after 30 days. If you’re not seeing some conditioning results, strength gains, or toning, then change it up. Why waste your time. Either your going to do something or your going to do it right. Take the time to ensure your workout plan is working for you.