When most of us are looking for help with something new, there’s a good chance that the first place we’ll go to do our research is the internet. And while you might not find the exact information you’re looking for (and you’ll certainly come across some sketchy information during your research), you’ll probably be able to educate yourself enough to seek out the right kind of expertise or assistance you need to move forward.

Getting on a new exercise routine is one common reason many people go online for help. Running is one of the most popular ways to get into shape, and it’s easy to see why. You can do it virtually anywhere, you don’t need to buy a gym membership, it’s easy to find events to get excited about (like charity runs and local Turkey Trot), and you can do it whenever best fits into your schedule.

But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily easy to get started.

Sure, it’s easy to find running and jogging training plans online. They often have names like “Couch to 5k in 10 Weeks” or “How to Run Your Best (or First) Half-Marathon.”

But the people who put together those programs can’t possibly know all of the things that are going on in your life.

  • They don’t know about how well you’ve been eating.
  • They don’t know about how much personal or job-related stress you’re dealing with.
  • They don’t know about any injuries or limitations you might have.
  • They don’t know if you’re taking any medications.
  • They don’t know about your prior exercise history.
  • They don’t know if you’ve been having problems sleeping.

 

In fact, the only thing they know about you is that you want to start running.

And here’s the thing, the less experience you have with running (or whatever exercise or fitness activity you’re interested in), the more important it is to get help from someone who can build a specific routine around your unique situation.

Another important thing to remember if you’re considering using a pre-made training plan is that your situation can change over the course of the plan. Maybe you were a decent fit for that “Couch to 5k” program initially, but something happened in your life to change all of that. A real, live coach can help you adjust and adapt your workouts to keep you on track toward your goals.

Look, life throws challenges in front of us all the time. You can and should shoot for that 100% success rate in whatever you do, but only getting to 95% (or 70%, or 40%…) doesn’t necessarily mean failure — particularly when it comes to getting into better shape, developing healthy living habits, or even weight loss. Getting expert help and a plan customized to you, your current lifestyle, and your goals is essential to your success. From fitness to food, personalized coaching can make the difference in your enjoyment and in your success. Click here to learn more.

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