Everybody is busy and it seems like the day is over before it really starts. How do you actually follow through with a plan to workout? These four workout tips are sure to get you going in the right direction.
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Okay, so I personally have never read the 50 Shades Trilogy but I’ve heard Mr. Grey has issues. Which brings me to the topic of planning your workouts…
On my Instagram (be sure to follow if you’re not already!) I asked my followers what they thought the biggest issue facing women today regarding fitness was. The overwhelming response was “time” and getting a workout in.
Let’s discuss the issue of planning workouts. Why? Because if you plan your workouts instead of just haphazardly trying to fit them in somewhere, you will inevitability be more successful at actually accomplishing said workouts.
Planning your workouts does not have to bring up issues and cause you all kinds of grief. It just doesn’t. Period. That being said, how do you plan your workouts when you have 4,785,391 things on the schedule? I’m so glad you asked!
Let’s take a look at my 4 easy steps to get you rolling.
Work WITH Your Schedule
There have been many folks that I’ve talked to that said they want to work out but keep missing their planned work out. First question I ask is “When do you schedule it?” This question is crucial because if you have to be at work early (7AM or earlier) then planning to work out before you go to work is pretty much setting yourself up for failure, especially if you’re not a morning person. I say this because if you already have to be at work early, trying to create a new habit while going completely against your schedule can set yourself up for failure.
Try this – think about your schedule and where there is a break, even if it’s a short one. Example, what time is your lunch and how long do you have? Head to an exercise class at lunch, or take a jog around the property of your building. OR if you have to be at work early like I mentioned above, plan to go right after work to do your workout of choice.
Make your workout schedule work for you, not you work for your exercise schedule!
Find Something You Actually Enjoy Doing
The gym might not be everyone’s forte and that’s totally okay! At the same time, let’s remember to get out of the thought process that the gym = 30 boring minutes on the elliptical. I personally am not a gym rat, I love the open road and going for a good long run. However, that doesn’t mean that I skip out on strength training – but that’s a whole other blog, so let’s get back to topic.
There are many things that you can do that are great exercise; there really is something for everyone. Click the following links to go to each official website to learn more!
Martial Arts (SO many different kinds!)
Or, grab a membership at the gym, jump on that elliptical and leg press and go to town.
Decided on a gym membership and need some workout ideas? Head over to my gal Monica’s page at Fit Girl’s Diary for some great workouts, tips, tricks, recipes, and just about anything else you could need! Here is an awesome full leg workout routine to get you rolling.
The point of this list is to think outside the box! Find a hobby and make it an active one!
Grab the Right Shoes
Let’s be clear about one thing, I love a pair of cute shoes. That being said, nothing makes a workout harder than the wrong pair of shoes. The hobby that you choose will determine the shoes that you should wear. Some shoes are universal while some activities don’t require shoes at all!
All shoes are not created equally but I recommend that whatever activity you decide to go with, that you go with a shoe that works for that activity. Example: Brooks specializes in running shoes and Reebok specializes in Crossfit shoes. You can click on either picture below and it will take you to Amazon to check out these awesome shoes.
Reebok ^^ Brooks ^^
Last, but most certainly not least, don’t stress about the schedule nor about finding the right hobby. Have fun, roll with the punches, and get excited about the fact that you’re taking charge of your health. The schedule will fall into place, you will find something you enjoy doing, you will find the right shoes and I promise you that you won’t regret it.
So what do you think? Now, this obviously isn’t a debate about the book 50 Shades of Grey, I’m just trying to make light of a topic that I have found a lot of women struggle with of getting a good workout in which is time.
Comment and/or e-mail and let me know how you’re doing!