How to Create a Custom Workout Plan

When it comes time to start an exercise routine, everyone wants to know: "Which workout is best?" The truth is that there's not one answer to that question. That's because there are many of possible solutions to the exercise equation.

Getting started is the most difficult part to become more active. Instead of trying to find the perfect fitness plan, make your own routine. Here are a few tips to help you create a custom workout plan.

Set a Goal

Before you can figure out how you'll get fit, you have to think about what fitness means to you. What exactly are you working toward? Maybe you want to complete a marathon, triathlon or an obstacle course race. It could be that you'd like to increase strength or improve athletic performance. It doesn't matter what you choose, as long as you chose some kind of goal. This way you can begin to choose the types of activities, exercises and equipment you'll need to begin your workout plan.

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Evaluate Your Ability

If you're new to running, a marathon might not be the best idea for your first race. Similarly, if you've never lifted a weight in your life, attempting to lift as much weight as possible on day one is a bad idea. Take a moment to think about your ability level, and then determine a realistic starting point.

Make a Schedule

Everyone is busy, so ask yourself how much time can you commit to exercise each week. Can you do 20 minutes a day, three days a week? OK, great. Even if it's one day per week, that's better than nothing. Instead of planning five, two-hour workouts each week, write down an exercise schedule you can keep.

Tip: Set yourself up for success by determining a realistic exercise schedule. Then, show up consistently for your workouts.

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