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Fit Tip: Have a Game Plan

When headed to the gym or even out for a run, it is best to be prepared. The gym can overwhelm you with choices and without a plan in hand you might wander willy-nilly from machine to machine squandering your time and not give yourself a thorough workout. So print out a cardio plan if you just want to work aerobically, and this way you will have a plan to follow. If you are going to do some strength training, plan your workout ahead of time. When you are sitting down with a piece of paper listing out exercises, it is easier to see if an area is not getting worked or where you can do super-efficient compound moves or what stretches you can fit in during your rest times.

If you’re headed out for run, decide if you are going long and slow for an endurance workout, for an interval run with sprints and recovery time, or for a short tempo run where you push yourself to go a little past your comfort speed and maintain that slightly quicker pace.

It is great to have a plan, and even better to stick with it. Use my downloadable fitness journal to not only keep track of your workouts, but to plan them as well.

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I have to be prepared because I have ADD and I'd just stand there thinking about what to do and not actually get a workout in.
jjlyn jjlyn 8 years
spectra, i'm completely OCD about it, too. honestly, though, if i weren't this way, i would hardly exercise at all!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm a little OCD about my plans. I have a different plan for each day of the week and it's always very specific. It helps keep me from getting bored and I know I'm always working different muscle groups.
Ridley Ridley 8 years
I agree TidalWave.... You HAVE to have a plan!!! However, one thing that I've learned working in the industry... we assume that most everyone out there know what to do... Not the case. Some days I feel like a broken record repeating the same 'information/knowledge' over and over again. I guess it would be like me walking into a shop to buy a tool of some sort. I'd be clueless...
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
hm. i didn't realize that some people don't do this. with weights, you have to have a plan because you want to change up which muscles you use each day. And with running, I try not to go the same route all the time because then I get too bored quickly.
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