Are you planning on starting a new workout routine in 2022? Are you determined to make this year the one where you finally meet your fitness goals?
In order to stick to your workout routine, you need to first design one that’s realistic and effective. That’s one of the most common mistakes that fitness beginners make — they design a routine that they can’t stick to.
If you want to avoid this mistake, keep reading. We’ll tell you how to design your new year workout routine the right way.
Identify Your Goals
Before you design your workout routine, it’s important to have specific goals in mind. Your workout should look different depending on your weight loss goals, muscle gain goals, and more.
If you’re working out specifically to lose weight, you should do more aerobic exercise than someone who is purely trying to gain muscle.
If you’re trying to lose weight in a particular part of your body, you’ll need to tailor your exercises to that. Some types of resistance training are ideal for losing belly fat, for instance.
If you’re trying to bulk up your pectoral muscles, you should focus on designing a new chest workout. Bench pressing may be your best bet here.
If you’re looking for defined abs, you may want to try dumbbell crunches and other floor exercises.
Whatever your weight loss goals are, they are essential for designing the perfect workout plan (and diet plan) for you.
Divide Your Schedule Efficiently
It’s important to keep your workout schedule realistic. If you’re a busy person and don’t have time to work out more than once or twice a week, that’s okay! You can still design an effective workout schedule that fits these limitations.
If you have time to work out every day (or almost every day), that’s great! In that case, you need to make sure that you aren’t overworking any particular muscle group.
If you’re working out three times or less per week, you should try to space your workouts out evenly. You should also probably make every workout a full-body workout.
If you’re working out almost every day, you should switch things up between each workout. Focus on a different muscle group every day.
When you work out this way, however, make sure you don’t get into the habit of skipping days! We all know what happens when you skip leg day.
Keep Your Resources in Mind
Planning a realistic workout means working with the space and equipment you have at your disposal. You can effectively work out without any of the fancy equipment they may have at your gym, but it may be a little more difficult.
If the place where you work out is typically very busy, you can design a routine that sticks to one machine or area for long periods of time.
If you don’t have very many different weights to work with, try to find as many workouts as possible that you can do with one weight.
Keeping your resources in mind also means not breaking the bank. You don’t need to spend exorbitant amounts of money on your workouts; in fact, sometimes the best workouts occur outside in nature!
Vary Your Routine
One of the most important parts of designing your workout routine is to change it! When you do the same workout over and over again, it can put unnecessary strain on your muscles and hinder your progress.
Your body adapts to stress after about 12-14 weeks. This means that after about 12 weeks of the same workout routine, your muscles won’t be forced to grow and change the way they used to.
This phenomenon is called “plateauing.” To avoid it, simply mix up your workout routine every 12 weeks!
Don’t Forget Your Diet
No exercise routine will succeed if you aren’t nourishing your body the right way. The link between diet and fitness is unbreakable.
If you’re trying to build muscle, it’s imperative that you eat enough protein. If you’re trying to achieve fat loss, you need to eat foods that boost your metabolism.
This means avoiding processed foods that contain a lot of chemicals that you aren’t familiar with. If you can’t pronounce it, it probably isn’t good for your metabolism.
If you are trying to lose weight on a set schedule, it’s important to keep your calorie deficit in mind. This means designing a workout routine that allows you to easily estimate how many calories you are burning.
Try Classes and Personal Training
One of the easiest ways to make sure your workout is efficient is to join a fitness class or work with a personal trainer.
Your trainer or instructor will do the work of designing your workout so that you don’t have to! All you need to do is identify your goals and choose a class that you know is well-suited to them.
Working with other people on your fitness goals is a great way to make sure you stick to your workout routine. The company of others keeps you accountable and motivated.
Plus, your class will meet at a set time, which will make it easier to fit into your schedule if you’re a busy person.
Start a New Workout Routine Today
Now you’re ready to design your new workout routine. With these tips in your mind, you can’t go wrong!
Contact us today if you’re looking for an on-the-go fitness solution! We’ve got the workouts that busy, fitness-minded people need to succeed.