While some people have no problem picking up a NordicTrack treadmill and jumping right into a workout schedule, many people need a little help in the form of a workout plan.
If you have had trouble creating, customizing, and following through with workout plans in the past or just want to do planning right the first time, we have 5 ideas to help you customize your workout plan and stick to it as well.
1. Define The Goals Of Your Workout Plan
Before you jump in and start creating your own workout plan, you need to define what the goals of your workout plan are going to be. Some goals you may want to consider are:
- Better cardiovascular health
- Improved flexibility and balance
- Weight loss
- Greater overall fitness
- Improved mental health
- Better performance in chosen sport
Choose your long-term, priority goal then set out to accomplish a list of short-term, manageable goals that supplement your main goal. This will help you progress towards your overall accomplishment. An example of this would be an overall goal of running 26.2 miles. Supplemental goals to achieving such a feat include improved hill training, sprints, and distance in preparation for 26.2 miles.
2. Choose A Mix Of Exercises
No matter what your workout goals are, you should choose a mix of exercises to engage in over the course of your workout plan. This allows you to keep your workouts fresh as well as helping you strengthen different areas of your body to help protect you from injury. Some kinds of exercises you may want to try are:
- Swimming – A great full-body exercise, swimming will help strengthen your entire body and allow your load-bearing joints to become rested as you exercise.
- Yoga – Low-impact and excellent for improving balance as well as flexibility, yoga can be a helpful part of any workout plan.
- Walking/running – Either walking or running can offer a great cardiovascular base for your other workouts. Using a NordicTrack Incline Trainer can allow you to burn calories 5 times faster than you would normally be able to do on other treadmills.
- Fitness classes – There are many fitness classes that can be easily worked into a workout plan depending on your personal preference. From barre to dance classes, you can find something to help you get motivated. If you have an iFit capable machine, you can use iFit to access a huge range of fitness classes.
When starting out, incorporate at least two different types of exercise into your workout plan. As you develop greater mastery of those exercises or feel the need to shake things up, feel free to add to your workout plan or swap parts out.
3. Create A Detailed Training Schedule
The ability to follow through with your workout plan is due in part to how well you set up your plan. It may not be enough for you to say you want to run 3 times a week and swim once a week. This kind of planning makes it easy to push off exercising when things become busy.
Using a Monday-Sunday workout calendar can help you accurately visualize your workout plan. Decide which days belong to which workouts, writing it down when possible. An erasable monthly calendar can help you keep track of your workout schedule, and also allow you to mark whether or not you actually did your workouts as planned.
4. Workout With Friends When Possible
Not all workouts are constructed where working out with someone is possible. Also, it can be difficult to find a consistent friend to workout with on a regular basis. However, working out with someone is a great way to keep yourself accountable and push yourself to achieve more from your workouts.
5. Build Up Training Intensity
Going from zero or sporadic exercising to consistent workouts can be hard on the body, potentially leading to injury. To help avoid future injuries, start with a low-intensity workout. This can be difficult if you have formerly been more of an athlete, but your body needs time to acclimate to regular exercise. Also, by slowly building up your intensity, you are less likely to burn out on your workout plan.