I usually get people asking me just how many fitness programs they should be involved with at any one time and I'll tell you exactly the same thing I tell every single one of them - whichever one is getting you the most results. The real question they should be asking themselves, and the one you should be asking if you are asking the same question is, "How do I know which one is getting me the best results if I'm doing all these programs at the same time?"
We have a problem of too many people not getting any physical fitness whatsoever and then we have people involved with too many programs, and doing them haphazardly, never really getting the full benefit from any of them. I met a woman who had bought 6 yoga DVDs, a bunch of Tae-Bo DVDs, P90X, Insanity, a boxing program and had a personal trainer that had given her his own program as well. That's 6 different programs... how can you get any real results when you're trying to get the benefits from so many points of view?
Legendary insurance salesman Bob Safford used to say, "I can't help you if you're not on my system. I know my system in and out, but I don't really know anyone else's." He was talking about helping young salesman in his organization make more money, and the same holds true for you in your journey. You have two options when working with fitness programs - you can choose one and work it until you see results, good or bad or you can take the best from each and create your own system. This option has a hole in it though, it requires that you've figured out which part of each system has given you the best results.
Too often people get caught up in "knowledge acquisition" and get more excited about gathering up information than they do implementing any of it. "Knowing" is never going to get you the results you're after. The old adage of "Knowledge is Power" has never been as true as many people make it out to be. Anyone who has achieved on any level knows that "Applied Knowledge" is really power and gathering all that you can know, just so you can know it does no one any good.
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Getting into the best physical shape of your life requires that you maintain a program for more than a few days or even weeks. If you have multiple sets of DVDs, it might make sense for you to choose one. Start with the one that has been getting the most attention and work that program for at least 30 days. Check your results and see if they match up to the hype, or if they meet the goals you set for yourself. It's one thing for a program to promise you fifteen pounds of weight loss in two months, and you're at five pounds of weight loss thirty days into it. It's another if your aim was ten pounds of weight loss in thirty days and you're only at five at day thirty- see the difference? If the program isn't giving you what you need, you need to move onto a program that will deliver the results you require.
To make your life easier, look for a fitness program that just doesn't focus on one set of physical attributes, neglecting all the rest. You can find many programs that show you how to get flexible, but the same program won't show you how to build your endurance or strength. Your fitness program needs to encompass:
1) Flexibility exercises
2) Anaerobic exercises
3) Aerobic exercises
4) Cardio exercises
Each set of exercises has it's own set of benefits that we won't have enough time to cover here, but making sure your program encompasses all of them will compress time frames for you. This will allow you to reach your goals quicker than if you had to research all these information on your own, break it down into a workable format and then start experimenting to see if your theories held true or not. I can tell you from experience that many of the programs out there today aren't built this way and if they are - they leave out the most important part of any fitness program... the health program that's supposed to accompany it!
Health and fitness are interdependent and cannot survive separate from each other. If you try to live without applying both simultaneously, you will wind up getting what the rest of the country has now:
1) 2 out of 3 people dying from heart disease*
2) 1 out of 3 dying from cancer* - *According the Center For Disease control
3) A growing Diabetes population - almost 8% of the population has Diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association
At this point in our country's history, it's getting to the point that being on any fitness program is better than not being on one at all, but that also presupposes that you're actually DOING the program. Now is not the time to mince words or stay politically correct - it's time to get off our butts and get busy working our bodies into some kind of shape.
So to answer the question one more time, "How many fitness programs do you need?" If you're serious about implementation than you only need one. If you're serious about the results you're going to receive, than you need to carefully choose what kind of program you're going to get involved with in the first place. Follow the guidelines I gave you and make the choice that best meets your needs... and get started!
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