While it can be beneficial to follow set workout programs—you know, lift this much, run that far, etc.—it can also be beneficial (and uber fun!) to create your own workout and tailor it to your specific goals and needs.
This week, we talk about doing just that, and we also highlight one of our favorite “homemade” workouts from the workout database site, JEFIT.
Creating Your Own Workout
Putting your own workout together may seem easy and it can be a lot of fun, but there are definitely things to consider when getting ready to do it. After all, you want a workout that not only offers physical benefits, but that keeps you on the road to meeting your goals, whether those involve weight loss, building muscle, or something else entirely.
So, what are some of the things to consider when putting your workout together? Let’s take a look.
- What are your end fitness goals? The exercises you undertake should be directly related to whatever your goal is. If you’re hoping to tone or bulk up, your routine will obviously contain much more weightlifting than it would if your goal was to lose weight. Determine your goals first, and then figure out which exercises will help get you there.
- How much time can you commit to your workout every day? Let’s face it—we all leave drastically different lives. While your best friend may be able to spend four hours in the gym every day, that doesn’t mean you can (or that you even have to). Whether you have two hours to devote to a work out or only a half hour, it’s important to focus on the time you do have, instead of berating yourself for not having more time.
- What exercises are going to do the most for you? Goals differ from person to person, but so does body composition. As a result, it’s important to know your limits and to understand what you can and cannot do. Maybe cardio exercises have you at your best while weightlifting is lower down on the list. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t lift weights. If you want to do a bit of everything, go for it. Just remember to keep your time frame in mind, and choose the exercises that will do the most for your body (and your goals) in the time you have each day.
- Which exercises do you consider to be fun? Your workout routine should be challenging, but it should be fun, too. If you’ve committed to reaching a certain fitness or health goal, the last thing you want is for your workout to feel like, well, work. It’s definitely possible to keep it fun while still working toward a goal.
In the end, how you put your workout together is entirely up to you. Make it fun, but remember to make it challenging, too. Seeing the results of your hard work is the best reward!
The Sparta Workout from JEFIT
JEFIT is a database of user-submitted workouts. This week’s workout is from a user who goes by the name jblu1032 on the site. As you can see above, Sparta is comprised of exercises that will work your back, abs, chest, and upper legs. You’ll even get plenty of cardio from running and stints on a stationary bike as well.
The difficulty level is stated as intermediate for this workout. If this is new to you or if you’re thinking of starting a new workout regimen, be sure to consult your healthcare provider first.
Don’t Forget the Protein
We mean it. Don’t forget your protein! After-workout supplements are a great way to help your body recover and repair so you can keep moving toward your fitness goals. If you’re in the market for quality protein or just want to try something new, check out the options below:
- Chocolate Raw Protein Beyond Organic Protein Powder by Garden of Life
- Vanilla Toffee Pea Protein from NOW Foods
- Chocolate Mint Vega Sport Protein Bars from Vega
- Coconut Cashew QuestBar Protein Bars from Quest Nutrition
Do you create your own workouts? Please share your tips with us by leaving a comment below. We’ve love to hear from you!
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