Nowadays, there is so much information on how to be healthy and the various ways you can do it. There are so many ways to be healthy and many activities and lifestyles that might aid that pursuit. However, sometimes this information is a bit overwhelming on where to start. But if you take it back to the basics, being healthy is really about fitness and healthy eating. While both are equally important, we wanted to break down options and ways to find a fitness routine.
With the many options to choose from and the natural priority struggle, we all have, here are some things to consider when finding a fitness routine that works for you.
What are your goals?
As we mentioned, fitness is a crucial part of being healthy, but you are likely to have a different goal. For example, you may have goals focused around
- Losing weight
- Establishing a consistent routine
- Learning how to do an activity
- Training up to a race
- Building muscle mass
- Feeling healthier
Depending on your goals, the fitness routine you choose may vary—predominantly with the amount of time, intensity, and frequency.
How much time do you have?
Speaking of time, you’ll want to evaluate how much time you can devote to fitness. Many fitness beginners start with ambitious goals and commit to large amounts of time that become unsustainable over time. You want to consider how fitness is going to fit into your current routine. Even creating 30 minutes a day can go a long way.
Other things to consider when it comes to time is when you want to do it, morning? Evening? Afternoon? In the beginning, you may want to try all three and find out what worked best or felt best.
What do you like or what sounds fun to try?
What often gets left out of the equation of fitness (and health in general) is how to make it fun or the inherent ways it can be fun. As you consider your fitness routine, think about what sounds fun. Is there an activity you’ve always wanted to try? Or is there something you liked in the past but haven’t tried in a while?
These are all great places to start!
What is a fitness routine?
As you create your fitness routine, consider starting with a blend of these elements and activities—for example, cardio, strength, and mobility combined to create a balanced body workout.
Cardio, referring to cardiovascular fitness, is anytime your heart gets pumping, which increases your endurance and improves your cognitive function.1 Cardio has many more benefits, like decreasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes.2
When you think of cardio, you may think about running or biking. These two activities are great exercises for cardio fitness and are beginner-friendly as well.
If you are hesitant about running or biking, perhaps try a virtual running or biking app. That way, you have a distraction and can discover things as you get used to the movement, and it doesn’t just feel like a chore.
At the same time, cardio isn’t just walking, running, or biking (although these happen to be some of our favorites!) Cardio can include things like,
Strength is just like it sounds like and is any and all activity that works on building strength in your body. In addition to simply building strength and power for people, strength training has multiple health benefits for people of all ages such as,
- Lower risk of mortality
- Promotes bone mass
- It helps pain management for those with osteoporosis
- Lower risk of cardiovascular disease2
Experts recommend adding strength training in the mix of your fitness routine 2-3 days a week. Some activities you can consider that help build strength are—
- Weight lifting
- Bodyweight exercises
- Resistance bands
If you are just starting out, you may want to think about joining an online fitness app so you can learn basic movements and techniques in strength training.
Mobility exercises we consider as all things-mobility, flexibility, and balance. This category is wide but critical for preventing injury and keeping your body healthy.
While this can look like simple exercises or stretches, you may also consider doing activities like
- Tai Chi
While some of these can vary and be more strength-focused as well, all of these activities work on movements that can enhance your overall mobility.
How do I create my own exercise routine?
After you’ve thought about your goals and the activities (and blend of activities) you want to add to your fitness routine, it’s time to think about the variables that can help you create a consistent routine.
- Habit building
Remember, in the beginning, it’s not about how hard you can push yourself. It’s about showing up each day and just trying!
- Find your community
Connect with people and find a fitness buddy/accountability partner.
- Join a virtual training app
There is much to learn as a beginner, and a virtual training app can help you learn something new while keeping things fresh and exciting. Like Vingo! Our fitness application is available for all indoor bikes and treadmills. Fitness enthusiasts of all fitness levels can engage in our immersive, fun experience. Check us out today!
- Keep coming back to your goals
Remember your goals and your “why”!
- Have fun!
To keep coming back, try to make your routine the most fun you can!
Key Takeaways on finding your fitness routine:Finding a fitness routine is all about finding a fitness routine for you. Fitness is a key part of your overall health, but there is no one-size-fits-all routine.
Finding your routine should be about your goals, schedule, interests, and what sounds fun. When you approach fitness is a personalized why and focus on what works for you, you will start to see all the ways it can fit into your life. Incorporating cardio, strength, and mobility is a great place to start ensuring your body gets a full-body workout.
- Science Direct. Cardiovascular Fitness. Retrieved from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B0123708796002957
- Laukkanen, J. A., Lakka, T. A., Rauramaa, R., Kuhanen, R., Venäläinen, J. M., Salonen, R., & Salonen, J. T. (2001). Cardiovascular fitness as a predictor of mortality in men. Archives of internal medicine, 161(6), 825-831
- American College of Sports Medicine. Quantity and quality of exercise for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, and neuromotor fitness in apparently healthy adults: Guidance for prescribing exercise. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2011;43:1334.