Know where you’re going on the fitness highway

A crucial part of getting healthier is to set goals.
You wouldn’t go on a trip without an idea of where you’re going. Just like you should have a road map when driving to an unfamiliar destination, or probably more likely a GPS device these days, you should have a fitness plan.
Ask yourself, “What do I want to do?”
Figure out if your goals are something like these: lose weight, run a 5K, improve your golf game, rehab an injury, get stronger, improve flexibility, or a combination of those.
Maybe you have a different goal than is listed above.
Once your goals are established, then you can set about formulating a workout plan to reach them.
I find it’s always helpful to work with a certified trainer to come up with a specific workout plan.
No matter what a person’s age, it’s good to combine strength training with cardio exercise.
Strength training not only increases muscle tone, but can improve flexibility and balance.
Keep logs of your workouts and compete against yourself to exercise consistently and keep improving.
The American Heart Association recommends that people exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes. It’s important to also eat well — load your plate up with fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water.
Whether you work out in a public gym or your own home gym is a personal preference. If you want advice on what fitness equipment would fit your needs, talk to the pros at At Home Fitness. The important thing is that you exercise — and know where you’re going on the fitness highway.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at