How do you pick a program?
I know when you’re first starting out, it can be overwhelming to know where to start… There are so many “beginner” programs out there, some good some bad, how do you figure out what’s safe to turn to? I’m going to try and help take the mystery out of this task.
If you have never exercised, or haven’t exercised in a while, you might find that everybody under the sun is an “expert” so how do you figure out who to follow, or start exercising from? Here’s some advice when just starting out.
For starters, you want to check with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough for moderate exercise. Especially if you are a woman who is post-partum (generally you have to wait several weeks due to diastasis recti, or just for healing purposes).
Once cleared for exercise I recommend starting with a complete program from a reliable certified fitness trainer, or video’s from a reputable source. You can either check reviews and testimonials, or you could get some recommendations from friends for family.
Now when I say complete, I’m referring to a program that involves, warm-ups, cool-downs, a modifier (in case some of the exercises are a bit advanced) and some nutrition advice. This way it leaves all of the guess work out. You don’t want to have to worry about if you’re getting the right amount of cardio or strength in for the week. Plus, you don’t want to end up with strained muscles because you didn’t have a proper cool-down and so on.
The other thing to consider is how much it will cost, how long you invest in the program, or programs, as well as how long you have to work out each day, or several times a week. Now as far as nutrition, you don’t want to undo your efforts in the kitchen. So knowing what kind of nutrition YOU need is imperative!
Also, having a structured program is a great way to start. It helps hold you accountable and you know exactly what days to perform said exercises, as well as for how long.
If you decide to go with a personal trainer that can tailor a program for you, you want to make sure that they can at least give nutrition advice, otherwise, if you need help in this area you may want to consult with a nutritionist.
Now being a certified trainer, such as myself 😉 I am working on a nutrition certification so that I can further my knowledge and really help my busy boss mom clients get the most out of their fitness & nutrition time with me. I know how precious our time is and the less guess work the better! Plus, I take their needs and wants into account when creating a program. You want to have fun while becoming healthier, it really helps when you don’t dread what you’re doing. I especially like to incorporate outdoor activities when the weather permits!
So, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask!