10 Steps to Fail-Proof Your Workouts

What is the last reason you give for ditching your workout-no time, the lack of results, boredom? Whatever the reason, you're in good company. More than half of the new gymnastics stopped within three to six months starting the exercise program, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Take a proactive approach and planning for bumps in the road can help you make a plan and stick with it. Read on to learn how to fail-proof your workout.

1. Consider Your Current Fitness Level

Once you make up your mind to get in shape, it may be tempting to jump into such extreme workout P90X or CrossFit to get you on the fast track to flat abs and sculpted biceps. But if you've never been off the couch since 2000 's (or earlier), an extreme program might hurt you, according to Tom Holland, MS, CSCS, author of "Beat the Gym" and sports Physiology based in Connecticut. "If you are a beginner, you will need to build Your base of power in advance," said Holland. "Once you build a power base (which takes several weeks), only then should You transition to a higher intensity and more complex exercise."

2. Create A S.M.A.R. T Objectives

Your approach to the program should vary depending on whether you are struggling to lose weight, gain strength, improve body cardio endurance or training to compete in the 10 k. Your fitness goals should be personal to You, according to Franklin Antoian, coach and founder of iBodyFit.com. "If you hate running, don't make Your goal Marathon finish for next year," said Antoian. "Sometimes a good goal is to just practice every day (or nearly every day)." Antoian recommends creating SMART goals: specific, measurable, achievable, and relative time-sensitive. For example, a typical objective might be "to lose weight." A SMART Purpose possible: to lose £ 10 January 1 by running five days a week, lifting weights two days per week and eat 1600 calories per day.

3. Consider Your Lifestyle

A long ride, late in the evening or morning meeting can limit choice and require flexibility on your part when planning the time to exercise. Plan ahead to allow for the constraint. For example, business travelers often have to find hotels that offer the service of gym. If you tend to work overtime, trying to get your workout done first thing in the morning before the children and work get in the way, said coach Franklin Antoian. Or use Your lunch hour to get in a quick way and plan your exercise weights for the weekend.

4. Look at Your Workout History

Consider the exercises and activities that work for you in the past, and see what it does. If you enjoy walking or cycling with a group when you participate in team training, for example, is looking for other similar groups. History tends to repeat itself, said coach Franklin Antoian. "Think about the past you got a fitness kick in, why would you start and why you stopped. If you go all-in the first few weeks but ran out of energy and stop your new routine, you might be better off starting with one or two days a week and gradually added day as you progress. "If you thrive on variety and tend to drop out of the same old routine quickly, mix your routine or adding a yoga class, mixed martial arts session or Pilates segment, every few weeks or so.

5. Specify The Number of Best of Set

Start a weight training program require special training intended to build your destination along with the best from the specify the number of sets and reps. The number of sets performed often depends on one's level of fitness, said Benjamin Thomas, PhD, Professor, Department of human performance and sport, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado. "Someone living who never do resistance training should start with one set of each exercise (one for each muscle group) to overall muscle fitness; over time you gradually increase the number of sets to 2-4. "Do a little set of (usually two) is adequate if the goal is endurance muscles, due to the larger amount of reps per set, Thomas said.

6. Know How Much Weight to Lift and When to Forward

Find out the amount of weight to lift down to your specific goals, said Benjamin Thomas, PhD. "If you want to develop muscle strength, you want to use more weight and do fewer repetitions. Muscle endurance requires otherwise "The Sports and Conditioning Association (NSCA) National recommends using a weight you can lift no more than six times if your goal is power.; muscular endurance to choose the weight you can lift 12, 15 or more times and targets 6-to-2 repetitions to muscle growth/hypertrophy. Use the two-for-two rules to determine when it is time to increase the weight, said Thomas. If you can do two extra reps on your goal on a two-day consecutive, increasing exercise endurance.

7. Know the Number of Reps You Need to Achieve Your Goals

"There is always an interaction between the intensity (i.e. the amount of weight lifted) and the number of repetitions that you do," said Benjamin Thomas, PhD. If power is your goal, you'll need more weight and less reps. Coach strength using a 1RM or "one rep max" as the basis for determining the amount of weight for an athlete. As this shows, 1RM refers to the weight of the heaviest person can lift for one repetition of a single. "The closer You could lift Your 1RM, the fewer repetitions You should do," said Thomas. For strength, do six reps or fewer; for overall toning and strength go for 12-to-15 reps. For muscle endurance, where you want to train for long periods of time without tiring, You will want to do 15 to 20 repetitions.

8. Specify The Time Off

Taking the right amount of rest periods between sets is as important as weight, number of sets and the number of reps. "Rest between sets allows the muscles and body systems that provide energy to do exercise time to recover," said Benjamin Thomas, PhD., according to Thomas, the amount of weight lifting affect how much of a break to pick up. "Normally I'd suggest between 60 to 90 seconds rest between sets, although raised close to Your 1RM (training for power or strength) can take up to five minutes of rest," he said. Muscular endurance training requires less rest between sets (30 seconds or less, according to the NSCA) taller, lighter reps; training for hypertrophy and muscle growth requires 30 to 90 seconds.

9. Have a Plan Tour

Do you travel often for business or a few times a year for the holidays, keeping up with some level of activity as you go can help you feel good about yourself, says exercise physiologist Tom Holland. "You don't have to do okay for one hour of your workout. If you are on the road for three days and can do three, 15-minute Mini workouts, you're fine. "Holland recommends lowering your expectations about how much you will achieve when left."You probably won't travel long enough to lose your fitness (which take weeks but the initial fitness level varies with individuals), but do a thick version of Your exercise routine will allow you to maintain, feel good and possibly help you make better food choices as well. "

10. Determine How You Will Measure Your Progress

Find out how to measure your progress depends on your initial destination. If you are trying to lose weight, the scale is only one way to see if you are making progress, says exercise physiologist Tom Holland. "You might be better off with a scale that measures body fat, because [a total of] Your weight may not change as you lose body fat and inches. Or use your clothes. How your clothes are fitting to make the biggest difference. "Some tracking application, including Livestrong Calorie Tracker is a free MyPlate tracking calories and exercise, it can work for you."A simple graph or Excel spreadsheets can also help you keep track of your goals and progress, "said Holland. "No matter what you are tracking, just show up for your workout and you will see the change!"

What Do YOU Think?

What most often causes you to “fall off the wagon” with your fitness program? What helps you to stay on track? Have you used or will you use any of these tips to fail-proof your workout? Leave a comment below and let us know.