How to Create a Workout Plan and Stick to It

Since we have been getting a lot more time to ourselves recently, a great way to spend this time is by working out, or exercising. Exercising is a great way to spend your time and reduce your stress while at the same time taking care of your body. There are three specific parts that a typical workout should have. 1. Warm-Up

Every workout should start off with a warm-up. Warm-ups ensure that your body is prepared for the upcoming workout and they also help prevent injuries. If you suddenly start an intense workout without warming up, you risk injury. Warm-ups can include a series of stretches along with a few simple exercises. It’s very important to stretch before working out so that the various muscle groups in your body are prepared to be used 2. Workout

There are many options available when it comes to the part where you actually have to do your workout. You can use platforms such as YouTube and follow an interactive workout; some include equipment, while others don’t. Many people who upload workout videos on YouTube make videos that have no-jumping options or no equipment options. You can also create your own workout by incorporating your favorite exercises or by using your own equipment, such as free weights. In general, there are many options when it comes to exercising, and what your workout consists of depends on your own preference. For beginners, it’s generally a good idea to start with an interactive workout video. 3. Cool-down Cool-downs are one of the most important parts of a workout. They are essential when it comes to preventing injury and next day soreness. It’s very important to make sure that you never suddenly stop a workout; you should slowly move around a bit after your workout is over. In addition, you should always do a series of stretches after finishing a workout so that you will not feel sore the next day. To stick to a workout and remain consistent, it’s a good idea to create a workout schedule. Create a schedule where you work out for 3-5 days a week (for beginners) and make sure you change up your workout routine every couple of weeks so that you don’t get too bored of it. You can also journal your progress; this helps increase motivation. Remember that missing a day or two is okay, but getting back on track is what helps you remain consistent! Sources: https://www.planetfitness.com/community/articles/beginner-workout-plan-your-first-week-gym

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