New to the fitness and determined to change your lifestyle? That’s awesome and congrats on taking that first step. Now, doesn’t that first step seem like the most daunting as you stand in the midst of millions of programs, workout routines, dvds, personal trainers, group fitness classes, youtube videos, and even short workouts posted on Facebook! So you’re ready to do this, ready to jump in, ready to start your new life……. but which way to go? I’ve been in the fitness industry for several years now and I’ve done all types of programs, so let me help you make the best decision for YOUR lifestyle.
Let’s break this down:
Basically all fitness programs work. They all will provide results if you follow the outline as written. There, whew that takes away any of the claims that one is better than the other.
Now, you may enjoy one better than the other, but trust me. They all work.
Here are some questions to ask yourself that may help you decide what works best for you:
- Do I have small children that I need care for while I work out?
- Do I have access to a gym or facility within a short driving distance?
- Do I have limited funds that would prevent me from paying a monthly membership?
- Do I need help learning proper form for movements?
- Do I need help with accountability and support?
Now, once you have answers to those, then you can take the answers a step further to decide what is best for you!
Do you have small children? Yes? Ok then consider either a home workout (dvd, youtube video, free written program online) or a gym with an onsite day care – be careful with this as, most gyms will charge an extra fee for using day care services and it is typically limited to 1 hour per day. You will also want to research the day care employees to ensure they have capable of taking care of your child to your standards.
Do you live near a gym or training facility? Yes? Ok, now consider time driving to and from the location. Is it on your commute to or from work? If so, then it will be much easier to get your workout in if you pass the gym every day.
Do you have limited funds or does paying a monthly membership limit where you can go? Consider a gym that allows you to pay by the day, this way you are only paying for the time you are using. If that is still out of your budget, consider purchasing a home workout because those are typically 60 day programs for a 1 time fee and you the own the workout set so you can reuse it as many times as you want. You can also access many programs via youtube and Facebook thanks to Trainers who now post short workouts online to maximize their online presence, use that to your benefit.
Do you need help learning proper form? Typically this only leaves you 1 option- consider hiring a personal trainer for at least 3-5 sessions so you can learn safe movements. While home dvds show you form, they cannot check YOUR form as a trainer would do. As a trainer myself, I cannot begin to tell you the importance of proper form. Injuries can occur with even the smallest lapse in good form and will often set you back for months from training.
Do you need accountability or extra group support? I teach group fitness classes and I will be the first to tell you, if support and accountability is what you need then check into group fitness classes. You will form bonds with your fellow classmates plus your instructor. I promise you that if you miss a few classes, someone is going to be calling you and asking where you are. You just can’t buy the support and motivation that comes from the friends you will make in class.
That sums up the fitness world and how to figure out what fits YOUR lifestyle best. Remember, this is your journey and no one elses, so what works for one won’t work for you. Find your niche and run with it.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013