6 steps to creating a winning workout plan

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If you want to torch the fat, here are some tips to building a winning fitness routine. (KTRK)

We all know exercise is important, but many are left wondering what makes a good fitness program.

You should aim to get 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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If you're New Year's Resolution includes toning up and shedding pounds, you'll want to follow these tips to design a new fitness routine:

Gather Some Personal Numbers
Before you create your fitness program, it's a good idea to start by taking measures of your aerobic and muscular fitness levels, your flexibility and body composition.

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Visit Your Doctor
Anytime you are going to start a new exercise regiment, you need to make sure you do not have any unknown medical conditions and that you can safely participate in certain exercises.

A visit to your physician can ensure you keep safe while exercising.

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Have a Goal in Mind
Think about what you want to achieve before setting out on your fitness journey. Do you want to lose weight? Tone up your body? Clear goals help you evaluate progress and stay motivated.

Mix It Up
If you want to keep boredom at bay, it helps to perform different routines and a mix of different exercises to stay at it beyond just the first few weeks of the new year.

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Write Your Plan Out
For some odd reason, when you write it down, it sticks! Post your written plan somewhere you will see it regularly to motivate you to continue.
You can also try fitness apps or activity tracking devices to help record your plan.

Get Your Fitness Equipment
Make sure you have the necessary fitness gear and good shoes for the exercises you have in mind.

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