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3 Simple Questions to Ask Yourself in Regards to Your Fitness Routine

The mass amount of diet books and workout programs available on the market all prove one thing: diets are not a one size fits all kind of thing. It can be frustrating to try different diets and workouts only to give up and not see results. The problem isn’t necessarily the diet or workout, and it is not you either. The problem is that the all new diets and workouts hit the market with grandiose promises and claims.

When it comes to finding the right diet and workout for you, you can’t go based off of other people’s claims. Perhaps your friend had great success losing weight on the Paleo diet, but you don’t want to live life without a piece of bread here and there. Or perhaps your cousin toned up using crazy crossfit moves and marathons, but you don’t want to put any more damage on your knees. These are both instances that those diet and workout programs would not work the best for you.

No workout or diet is the magic pill to weight loss. All diets and workouts will require work and dedication on your part. You have to figure out how you can be your biggest motivator. Ask yourself these simple questions to determine if a diet or workout is right for you.

Is This Enjoyable?

If you don’t enjoy your workout, then you aren’t going to keep doing it. Of course, some days of working out are going to be harder than others. You want to aim for that feeling of achievement after your workout and look forward to working out the next day. The same principle applies to your eating program, if you dread it, then you are going to be more susceptible to cheating and gaining the weight back.

Is This Sustainable?

You have to be realistic about your time commitments. If you already have a full plate, then a 90-minute workout program like P90X is not going to fit into your schedule long term. Also, if you hate to cook and have to cook all your meals from scratch, there is a good chance you will abandon that eating plan a few months in.

Is It Working?

Give yourself two months to get used to a new way of eating or exercising. Do you see weight loss, toning, or feel better? Don’t compare your results with others, just compare your results to where you were two months ago.

Figuring out which diet and exercise program are best for you can be hard. Continue to pursue good health, and your efforts will eventually pay off.


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