A personal exercise plan is your own road map to reaching your fitness goals. Your plan should include the following things:
Some common fitness goals are:
Write your fitness goals down on paper. Keep them in a place where you can look at them often. Try sticking them on your refrigerator.
If your goal is to lose body fat or gain muscle mass, then you should be tracking your progress at least two to three times each week. You need to check your progress to know if you need to make any changes to your plan. For example, if you have not lost any body fat after 2 weeks of trying, then you know you have to change your fitness plan. The more often you can track your progress, the sooner you can adjust your plan.
If your goal is better performance, like improving your 5K time, increasing your one rep max in the bench press, or improving your 40-yard sprint time, then you should track your progress after each workout.
It is important to include the following in your exercise plan:
How much of the strength, cardiovascular, or agility training depends on your fitness goals. Always talk with your healthcare provider before starting any new fitness routine. Set a deadline to meet your goals. Setting a deadline helps you focus and have a sense of urgency. Reward yourself if you achieve your goal. Once you have met one set of goals, create a new and different personal fitness plan.
There are many places to look for help: