This website is about finding solutions to fitting exercise into a busy lifestyle. All the My Fitness Planner workouts are short but effective, so that you can fit them in when you have a few minutes to spare. Each workout post has a printable workout schedule available for download and some also have printable schedules. The Planner Shop has progressive workout programs with printable resources including:
- Exercise instruction booklets
- Warm up and stretch charts
- Weekly exercise schedules
- Exercise trackers
- Fitness planning sheets
- Planner stickers
There are also posts on general well being and healthy living. There are 3 types of exercise plan on the site – short workouts, challenges and fitness programs.
The workouts are between 5 minutes and 20 minutes long. Some are full body, or others focus on one area, such as abs or legs.
The idea of fitness challenges is that the intensity increases a little each day. In this way, by the end of the 30 days you will have progressed quite a lot from day 1. They’re a good way to kick start your fitness, or add a bit of variety.
These are 4 or 6 week programs, in which the workouts become more challenging each week, so that your fitness improves.
As well as the individual fitness plans, there are resources for general planning, such as:
- Assessing time available
- Setting goals
- Recording progress
- Diet planning
Being over 50 doesn’t necessarily mean you need to slow down or adapt your exercise program. Plenty of people maintain strenuous exercise programs well past their 50s. On the other hand, there are some aspects that might need to be given more consideration, especially by menopausal women. It’s also harder to get started with exercise over 50, if you’ve been inactive for many years. This new section focuses on womens’ fitness over 50.
A note on safety
Although exercise is good for health, it’s important to exercise safely. The programs on this site should be appropriate for anyone in good health, as long as the instructions are followed properly. If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, then you should consult your GP or other relevant health professional (eg physiotherapist, midwife) before exercising:
- Have you been inactive for several months or more?
- Are you over 40 and not currently active?
- Have you had any recent injuries or joint pain?
- Are you very overweight or underweight?
- Do you have a medical condition?
- Are you pregnant or have you recently given birth?
I’ve been a group fitness instructor and personal trainer for over 20 years and am also qualified as a sports massage therapist. My qualifications are:
YMCA/RSA Exercise to Music Instructor
YMCA Gym Instructor
Central YMCA Qualification (CYQ) Pilates Matwork Instructor
VCTC Sports Massage Therapist
Cert Higher Ed (University of Bedfordshire) Personal Trainer
Cert Higher Ed (Open University) in Sport and Fitness
FitPro Speciality module
Ante and Post natal program design