Athletic Lifestyles: Best Ways To Create a Fitness Routine

Exercise is a great way to get your heartbeat up while also taking care of your body. Working out also helps you decompress since it releases those feel-good hormones—this is great after a long day. But how do you get started? Read on as we explain the best ways to create a fitness routine you can commit to for lifelong benefits!

Have a Fitness Plan

Before jumping on any fitness equipment, you need to decide why you want to work out and your goals. For example, are you trying to tone up or lose excess body fat? Or do you want to work out to improve your mental health? Understanding the “why” helps you decide on a fitness plan to keep you motivated.

Once you’ve decided why you want to work out, look at the best exercises to help you achieve your goal. High-intensity activities like running are great for cholesterol levels, reducing stress, burning calories, and more. But if you want to shape your physique, you’ll have to pair your jogs with resistance training to tone your muscles.

Go to a Gym

While you can buy some equipment to work out at home, the gym provides a different environment and gear you don’t otherwise have easy access to. Research gyms in your area and compare ratings and prices to determine which is best.

Visit your final contenders; some gyms provide free-day passes. You may also have a friend who’s a member at a gym that allows them to bring a guest. Visiting the workout space before joining gives you a feel of the atmosphere. No matter where you work out, you should always have access to the necessary equipment while also feeling comfortable.

Listen to Your Body

Sometimes, you’ll have scheduled workout days but won’t feel like working out. Never force yourself to run, lift weights, or do any other form of exercise if you genuinely don’t want to. You may feel tired, sick, or unmotivated, which is natural. Listen to your body and respect these desires. You may not have the motivation to work out today, but tomorrow you could feel twice as motivated!

Pro Tip

Sometimes, you may feel extremely hungry right after a big workout. Many athletes and trainers recommend buying a meal prep bag and filling it with healthy foods, so you always have something to nourish your body after a workout.

Be Patient

As much as you want to see results immediately, things take time to happen. Training your body takes weeks of following a routine to enhance your health. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t see the results you’d hoped for in your planned timeframe. Instead, reach out to a trainer for workouts and dietary advice so you can keep your body healthy and continue to push forward.

Enjoy Your Workouts

One of the most important ways to start a fitness routine is to enjoy what you do. If you don’t love running, you don’t have to do it. On the other hand, if that’s the only form of cardio that motivates you, then go for regular runs. Establishing a healthy routine is all about loving the movement you do!

Love Stephanie, your cheerleader for improved mental and physical health
Athletic Lifestyles: Best Ways To Create a Fitness Routine


Christian, wife, mom/stepmom, no meat athlete, runner, teacher

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