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May 11, 2013

How to create a workout that is right for you

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ORANGE — Consulting your physician

Once you have an idea of your aerobic and muscular fitness, you will be tempted to start tailoring your workout. However, it's best to visit your physician before you dive into the specifics of your new exercise regimen. A thorough examination from your physician will reveal if you have any existing conditions that could be exacerbated by certain exercises or lifestyle changes. Your doctor can tell you if any of these conditions are likely to have an adverse impact on your exercise capacity and what you can do to overcome those conditions in an effort to improve your health and quality of life.

Setting your goals

Once you have assessed your fitness levels and consulted your physician, it's time to set your goals. You likely did not decide to workout out of the blue, so you probably have a specific goal, such as losing weight or lowering your cholesterol, in mind. Establish these goals and build a workout that makes reaching them that much easier.

Finding a workout you'll enjoy

A workout regimen is far more likely to be successful if it includes activities you're liable to enjoy. If you truly dread spending 30 minutes per day on the treadmill, then your workout should include a cardiovascular activity that you're more likely to embrace. Riding a bicycle can be just as beneficial as an aerobic exercise as jogging on the treadmill. If you love cycling, then make that your daily cardiovascular exercise when the weather permits. When the weather is less cooperative, use a stationary bike indoors. If you love to dance, then you should know how great a workout dancing can be. Join a Zumba(R) class or another aerobics class that involves dancing, and your workout will seem more like fun than something you have to do. When building a workout regimen, keep in mind it's going to be most successful if it includes activities you enjoy.

Building a workout routine that's right for you depends on a variety of factors, including your present fitness levels and your preferences in types of exercises. Honestly assessing yourself, setting the right goals and finding activities you enjoy are all essential to building a successful workout routine.

 

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