Thursday, 11.01.2012, 01:00pm (GMT) for INFOCUS MAGAZINE
Consider multiple aspects in your thoughts regarding the individual composition of your training:
-The objective of the training
-Your health condition
-Your training levels
-Your planned daily schedule
-Your personal preferences
The training objective is to decide on the content, structure and intensity of your workouts. With a specific goal, it is easier to organize the workouts and the training efficiently. Additionally, motivate yourself to support your specific goals. Ask yourself what drives you, what do you want to train for? Become aware of your goals and motivation, and unleash new energies. Write down your goals in a training diary based on all the experience that you earn while training! Over time, you will see the importance of recording your goals in a diary as it will allow you to judge how realistic your goals are and how consistent your daily actions are to achieve the goals.
Your health is the most important aspect that you must consider when performing any activity. Refrain from performing any stress-related physical activity that is prohibited by your doctor, otherwise it will lead to further pain and complexities. Training is meant to promote your health, and not to do any harm.
Your training level determines the intensity and difficulty of the training. Adhere to a simple rule and design your workouts at the beginning in such a way, so that they are easy for you and you can keep a good overview of your progress and difficulties. Try new moves slowly and be open to anything that you do not know.
With time, you can design your own workout to make it more difficult – go from simple to advanced! This rule is very important so that you do not overstrain your body improperly. Due to congestion, the risk of injury increases while the feel-good factor decreases. If you have experienced strong muscle or joint pain due to intensive training for the duration of a few days afterwards, you know what I mean. You should rather increase the intensity of the workouts step by step. Try to have small, but steady progress and success, because this increases the motivation and the positive attitude toward your exercise.
Sometimes, when you design and practice a new training regime, you may not be able to avoid slight soreness of your muscles. Do not force yourself to something for which you are not ready yet. With regular training sessions, try to improve your awareness about your own body and therefore improve your ability to sustain the right amount of load. Take your time and have fun with your personal growth.
Maintain a keen observation on your daily condition, and the daily routine, because depending on what region you are located, you will have to adapt your energy “budget” to the climatic conditions and the changing daily routines. Be sensible and plan your workouts so that they harmonize with your energy.
Your daily body condition plays an important role in assessing the intensity you can sustain for your workout. If you do not feel well, you may have a serious underlying cause behind it. In such cases, it is advisable to listen to your inner voice.
Trust your body feeling! The body is subjected to much more influences than we are aware of. In some cases, sustainable breaks in training and properly targeted relaxation are better for the health just as much as compulsory training and the training progress. Remain patient and realistic, because the process of recovery requires as much flexibility as the planning of the training –even if it turns your training over on its head from time to time. Maintain and promote a healthy attitude toward your workout!
Every day in your life is based on your own individual preferences –during vacation as well as in your daily life. If you are not an early bird and are not approachable before breakfast, then you should do a light workout after getting up and perform more extensive training later on. If you are an early riser and have no problems getting up early without much effort then, you can perform a longer workout in the early morning. For most people, a relaxation program fits better in the evening or at the weekends in day-to-day life.
It is really important for you to feel and understand your body for healthy and sustainable wellness training. Try to feel what makes you feel good and what gets you overstressed.
Avoid technical instruments, as much as you can, such as the heart rate monitors (as far as there is no need for it to monitor a special medical situation). Technical equipment distracts the concentration. Use this kind of equipment occasionally to make sure that your senses are not deceiving you. But otherwise, train yourself only with the help of simple equipment.
You should respect your personal preferences during the training and learn to add variation and individuality in your training. As a result, exercising provides you more fun! Add your own exercises which you know for example from a Yoga or Pilates class.
Always add contents to your exercise regime that provides you fun. When you are able to laugh during your training, you can conduct your training freely and regularly. Only if you train regularly (on most days of the week) the training will be successfully. This brings positive changes into your life!
Jens Baltrusch has been working worldwide in areas of sport & wellness and now is entrepreneur and consultant in areas of personal training, sport workshops, entertainment, multi media production and online marketing. He can be reached at: “email@example.com