May 08, 2020 3 min read

With local gyms set to open back up in the near future, many of us will be switching up our workout routines yet again. A common question we receive on a daily basis is … ”What is the best workout routine to follow?”  It seems like everywhere you look someone is telling you something different …

“Lift heavy weight for low reps to get stronger”

“Lift light weight for high reps to build muscle”

“Just do cardio to burn fat”

“Do Cross-fit to get in the best shape possible”

These are just a FEW of the different types of workouts that are available to follow. 

Just like with following a diet (if you haven’t checked out our blog on what diet is best, you can check that out here … What Is The Best Diet? ) there is ONE main thing to consider when looking into a new workout routine or switching up your current one, that is SUSTAINABILITY and ADHERENCE.  If you are not going to be able to stick with the program, it will not give you the results you want. Also, make sure it is something you will enjoy and have fun doing.

For example, if you hate lifting heavy weights … don’t lift heavy weights! If you hate swimming, you probably shouldn’t swim!

You are better off finding something you like and that fits your personal preferences, because you will be much more likely to put in the effort needed to see the desired result! Or better yet, stop in to one of our stores or give us a call, and we will be more than happy to set you up with a program that fits your preferences!

You will hear many people say you need to lift heavy to get stronger, or that you need to do more reps to build muscle, or even that you need to do cardio to burn fat. Now, those statements do hold some truth, but you do not NEED to do this or that. Lifting lighter can still build strength, lifting heavier can still build muscle, cardio can help amplify fat loss, but so can weight training, walking, swimming and biking.

More important than anything else … is that if your diet is not on point, none of those workout styles will translate to the best possible results.

Remember, there is no “Best” workout routine. The best thing for someone may be a 30 minute walk a few times a week, while someone else it could be weight training a few times a week.  It could also be swimming, biking, cross-fit, and anything in-between that gets you up and moving!

The bottom line is, find something you enjoy and put in the work … that is the KEY!

If you need help putting together a new workout routine, reach out to any of our NASM Certified Personal Trainers and we will construct a plan that fits your lifestyle and goals!

**This article was written by Andrew Lynn.  Andrew is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has a bachelor’s in science nutrition and Dietetics.

 

 

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