Finding a fitness program that keeps you coming back for more is the key to getting and staying in shape. The question is: How do you do it? In other words, how do you know when a program is going to work for you specifically, both now and in the long term?

Since everyone is different, here are some things to consider as you shop around for the fitness program that is just right for you:

  • Availability. Does it work with your schedule? If it is an actual facility that you’d have to join, do the hours mesh with the ones you are available? And if it is a program that requires certain equipment as opposed to a specific location, are you able to get what you need in order to succeed?

 

  • Cost. This is probably one of the biggest factors as we all have a budget to work with. Sit down with your current income and expenses and see if you have the money available to be able to afford the program you want. If you are having difficulty coming up with the extra cash, do they take payment plans that will work instead?

 

  • Interest. Even if a program is available and affordable to you, you’re not going to do it for very long if you don’t enjoy it. Here’s a little test: When you think about participating in the fitness program, does the idea of it make you smile? If not, then you may want to find some other program that you’d prefer doing instead.

 

  • Results. Of course, you’re not doing yourself any favors if you select a program that doesn’t deliver the results you want. Some are geared toward weight loss and others are focused more on gaining muscle, so you’ll want to know what you’re signing up for so you aren’t frustrated by choosing the wrong one.

What do you look for in a fitness program?