How To Design Your Own Fitness And Exercise Program

When it comes to your overall health, nothing can derail it quicker than being even slightly overweight. The added weight puts added stress on your bones, which causes pain whenever you take a step. Before you know it, you are unconsciously walking differently in order to relieve some of that pain, which, in turn, causes a domino effect of muscle strain and unnecessary strain on your spine to compensate. All of this can be avoided by practicing a good fitness and exercise program. But how do you find one that works for you, and is enjoyable enough to keep doing?
Size Does Not Fit All
There are hundreds of volumes available today that tout a particular diet, fitness and exercise program. This is an ever growing market, and it may be that one of the reasons that there are so many is that not everyone finds that they work for them. To get the most out of any personal regimen, it has to speak to you on some desirable level and contain something within it to keep you motivated enough to stick to it. Why not cut to the chase and just create your own instead? That way, there should not be anything in it that would give you license to stop, now would it?
Getting Started
Your first step should be to go see your doctor and get some idea of what you can do to fix what is broken. Your doctor can accurately tell you how much weight you need to lose and what kind of exercises you can do to ramp up your fitness level and can also give you advice on how to go about strengthening your overall health. No one should ever begin a diet or go full tilt into exercising without checking with their doctor first.
Now that you are armed with needed information about your body and have an idea of just how much it can reasonably handle, it is time to set some goals. One reason that most of these plans fail is because people tend to set unrealistic goals for themselves. They want results now, and when they do not get them, they give up. The best way to avoid this is to set more reasonable goals from the outset, smaller ones that can be achieved easier. This way, you will feel more like a success when it happens, and have the mental initiative to keep going.
Ask your doctor for diet recommendations, or at least ask for the name of a good nutritionist or dietician. If you have medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, you will need a healthy diet that will not jeopardize or worsen your current health. Even if you are reasonably healthy, you should still stay away from fad diets that eliminate entire food groups from your daily meals. Even some carbohydrates are actually good for you, in moderate amounts.
Instead, consider eliminating only those things that do not exactly help you stay healthy. Drop the sugary drinks in favor of teas sweetened with honey or mineral water, giving you needed antioxidants to flush your body of toxins and fat. Cut back on the red meat in favor of leaner proteins like poultry and fish, and add in more fruits, vegetables and whole grains for a varied and healthier diet. After the first week, you will feel healthier for doing so, and sleeping better as well.
The best fitness and exercise program you can start is one that is filled with those that you enjoy doing. Start out walking, even if it is just around the block after dinner. As the weeks go by, walk further for longer periods of time. As the pounds begin to drop, you will find the incentive to expand your routine to simple exercises that you can physically handle. When you are ready, expand your routine to include the gym, aerobics and strength training. Make sure that you allow yourself some rest between exercise days, so that your body can rest and avoid injuries from muscle strain. Plan wisely, reasonably, and your body will thank you for it.