Wherever you are on your fitness journey, there are a few things worth considering when looking at longevity or the “long haul.” First and foremost, the methods and modalities you choose should lead in the direction of the following:
- Muscle balance
I believe doing so will carry you into old age. It requires a diverse and well-rounded program that accounts for some type of periodization (changes in the plan over time to promote ongoing fitness progress). The same applies to any diet or fitness supplements that exchange short term gains for potential problems down the road. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
When you choose a program, be honest with yourself about what is an attainable set of short- and long-term goals. Figure out the best ways to measure and track your markers so you know if you’re on track or need to make adjustments. Do you have a favorite app to track? If so, make it a habit!
The regimen you setup also has to mesh well with your daily life. Maintaining and growing your fitness will no doubt take some sacrifice, but it has to be sustainable. Take into account the calendar year and when you can workout and try to balance it with your work and family life.
Somehow enjoy-ability of fitness gets overlooked all too often. The fitness market is ever growing and there are so many options out there. Find a good program that makes you happy. Every time you leave your gym, you should feel better than when you arrived. At our gym we say “A good mood is always one workout away!”
If you are selecting a gym, coach, professional program or classes, all of the details mentioned should be present and the facility/person should have certifications and credentials in the field that they teach.