Frequently Asked Question: What’s the best way to workout?
Every month, every week, I read a new article about the perfect workout in 5 minutes or less. The truth is there is no ONE best way to workout.
- Virtually every exercise regimen offers some value,
- The only way I could see ONE method working for you forever is if you can stop the aging process. IF YOU COULD DO THAT PLEASE CALL ME. I CAN KEEP A SECRET.
To determine what exercise program is for you, follow these steps.
Accept you can not look like someone else. Choose TWO goals on this list ONLY and use them as a launch pad. Keep them in mind when moving forward to the next questions.
- Pain relief
- Weight loss
- Medically advised
- Build muscle
- Sport-specific training
- Improve Endurance
Start by looking at your history, if you regard yourself as someone who is and always has been HIGHLY fit, then…
- What is it about your present regimen you would like to tweak or see measured improvement in?
- How are things different now and are your goals realistic to your age, health and lifestyle?
- Are you your best advocate or worst critic? You can’t be both.
If you were once very fit but feel off the path…
- Why wasn’t it a sustainable lifestyle?
- What did you choose instead of health and fitness? Are these issues still reoccurring?
- How is this time going to be different? You can get fit quickly but can you stay there?
If you would never describe yourself as an active or athletic person…
- Have you ever been in good shape? If so, what did that look like? You want to be very clear and realistic about creating this picture for yourself.
- Why are you interested in working out NOW?
- How much time do you have to devote to your betterment?
- What about your present lifestyle are you absolutely resistant to changing?
- Are you one to seek fast results, achieve them then quit?
2. Discover your learning style.
I believe it is important to understand how you learn best. There are many ways in which people learn…
Join a reputable small group training where you learn real skills. No matter your choice, Do it CONSCIOUSLY.
For example, if you’re a visual learner, you may learn best from a video or an app? If you are auditory, you may like audio programs that talk you through a workout? If you are tactile, private instruction may be best for you. Explore your options. Some may work and others may not. Cross it off your list and find what works.
3. Create a budget.
Physical education has a cost like any other form of education you pursue. You get what you pay for. Draw your line.
- How much is your health, wellness and vitality worth to you? Assign your dollar sign.
- Budget your time. Put your training schedule to a calendar.
This way you have both a measure and financial monitor.
4. Seek feedback.
Home exercise DVD systems do not work longterm. You need to see what you are doing to insure you are doing it well. Don’t trust your naked eye. Self-coaching leads to poor self-assessment.
- Train with a knowledgable friend.
- Hire a qualified professional.
- If you are working out at home, record yourself training and analyze your footage. Share it with a friend but protect your privacy and don’t send them the file. Let them view it with you on your device.
I believe in accountability and an excellent conscious training partner will give that to you. You will also have someone to celebrate your milestones with.
5. Stay humble.
When you embark on a path of change, the first steps are exciting. You may see growth early on. By all means, don’t show off and do some really stupid sh!t.
For example, one of the reasons people love programs like Crossfit is competitive bragging rights. In the excitement, reason is abandoned. Exercises are scaled too quickly and routines are performed that lead to injury.
Keep calm and work your plan. If you take the steps I advised you will your Be.Move.Do. operandi in full effect.
Check yourself. Be your best advocate.