If you’re looking to get fit – (and who isn’t) it may be tempting to pay a high priced personal trainer or get a pricey gym membership. But there’s really no need to do either one. So much information about fitness is available on the internet, that anyone can create their own workout using free and readily available information.
First, it’s important to determine your goals. Are you trying to lose weight? Tone up? Gain strength? Build bulk? Or, is your goal simply to improve your overall health and fitness level? Answering these questions before you begin will make it easier to pick the right workout elements.
Everyone needs cardiovascular workouts at least 3 times a week and everyone needs strength training. The type of cardiovascular workout you choose is pretty much up to you. Do something you like and something that gets your heart rate into the right training zone. Your choices in strength training exercises vary widely, and should be based on your goals. Once you’ve set your goals, it’s extremely important to track and monitor your progress. If you can’t see how far you’ve come, it may be too tempting to give up.
Following are some websites that can be very helpful in creating a workout routine and tracking your progress. And, best of all, each of these websites is completely free!
Sparkpeople –This is a free weight loss website. It is one of the best out there, and offers many features that others charge a monthly fee for. And, though it is designed as a weight loss site, it has great information on fitness. It will even create a strength training routine based on your goals, if you like. Or, you can use one of the many articles on the site to create your own routine and use the site to monitor your progress.
Free Trainers – This site creates personal fitness and weight loss programs based on information you provide, and gives you tools to track and monitor your progress too.
FitClick –This is another site that allows you to create your own workout, or will create one for you, based on your goals. They have a huge library of exercise demos and instruction to make sure your form is correct on every exercise.
Fitness Magazine – The popular magazine also has a website that will help you create a custom workout and will help you monitor your progress. You can also customize your own fitness video and stay motivated with weekly motivational play lists.
In the past, many people had difficulty coming up with a fitness routine that they enjoyed and that would assist them in meeting their particular goals unless they were willing to spend a lot of money. But, today, with these sites and others like them, that excuse for not getting in shape is history. These sites are so full of great exercises, you’re sure to be able to create a routine that you’ll enjoy, will keep you motivated and will give you the results you want!
Phyllis Zerkle is a freelance blogger and covers topics such as how to become a certified nurse assistant online, how to progress in a medical career, and more.