Anybody can develop a fitness plan with enough research. It isn’t hard to look at free plans, watch YouTube videos and read blogs to come up with a fitness plan. Sure, working hard on any plan will work to some extent. However, you want to develop a health and fitness plan that works for you as an individual. If your best friend has used a plan with amazing results, great. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you! You need to use the following steps to develop a plan that works for you. Here’s how:
Know What Your Body Type Is
The first step to making sure your fitness plan works for you is knowing your body type. There are three main body types, and they’ll affect how you work out. Plus how much you should be eating, and what you should be eating! The three main body types are:
- Ectomorph – naturally slim, struggles to put on weight regardless of what they eat.
- Endomorph – puts on weight easily, usually curvier with shorter limbs.
- Mesomorph – has a naturally athletic physique, even without proper diet and exercise.
Eat And Train For Your Body Type
When you know your body type, you can eat and train for your body type. If you’re an ectomorph who wants to put on weight, you’ll need to weight train and eat a lot. If you’re an endomorph who wants to lose fat, you’ll need a mix of cardio and weight training, as well as a calorie deficit. You can only really focus on one thing at a time: muscle gain or fat loss. You’ll need to asses your current situation and decide accordingly.
Include Foods You Like
Just because you’re trying to lose weight, or whatever your goals are, doesn’t mean you need to eat foods you hate. You can still include the foods you like. Many people take on a macronutrient calculating approach, where you basically eat what you like as long as it fits your macros. It’s still advisable to eat a lot of natural, clean foods purely for health reasons, though. Don’t feel bad for having a treat every so often, as a treat here and there is better than bingeing. You can also find healthier ways of cooking the foods you love.
Include Exercise You Like
Finding a type of exercise you like is essential, or you won’t stick to it. You want it to support your goals, but you also want to like it to a certain extent too. There are yoga classes, spin classes, and even programs to use weights in the gym. If developing a plan you can use in the gym, include exercise you like to do and want to see progress on, such as pull up exercises.
Make Sure You Can Do It In The Long Term
This plan needs to be something you can see yourself doing in the long term. If you can’t, ask yourself why. Is it too harsh? Too low calorie? Too many exercise sessions? Alter it until you can see yourself doing it consistently. Consistency is a must if you want health for life and real results.