There are so many busy professionals today who know the importance of working out, but who struggle to find enough time in their schedule to dedicate to actually doing it. It can be difficult to make a work out schedule, but no matter how busy you are, there are a few tips to consider that can help make scheduling time for your workout easier. Keep these tips in mind as you work with your schedule to make time for some exercise. Even taking the time to schedule in 30 minutes a day five times a week can do wonders for your health and overall fitness levels.
Start Planning an In-Home Work Out Routine
One of the best ways to make a workout schedule that you can actually stick with is to start planning in-home workouts. So many people do not stick with their workout plans because of the pains of getting to and paying for a gym. Plus, gyms can be very intimidating to those who aren’t professional-grade athletes. Home workouts are a great way to still stay fit and to avoid the complications that come with joining a gym.
When it comes to planning your in-home workouts, think of workouts that you will actually want to do, and try to add some variety. If you like jump roping, do a jump roping workout, but don’t do one every day. Over time, you will become bored. Plan out a mix of videos, cardio workouts and self-designed workouts with your own equipment and make sure to write everything down. You should shoot for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
Make a Schedule and Write it Down… and Then Tweak It
When its time to make a workout schedule the best thing you can do is write it down. Go to your calendar and write down when you are planning on working out every day. Once you have finished your workout, cross it off your calendar and feel free to enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a workout.
It is important to have a visual guide to help you stay on track with your workout schedule, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t tweak your schedule. It can take time to figure out a schedule or routine that works for you, so make sure that you go back and adjust your plan until it fits your individual lifestyle.
Invest in the Right Equipment
There are so many exercises that you can do without equipment, but if you want to add variety to your workout routine and develop a plan that you can stay with for the long-term, you will likely need some equipment. Take the time to invest in equipment you will actually use, and remember that not all equipment is expensive. While treadmills and elliptical machines can cost a pretty penny, a jump rope and some free weights can be purchased on a budget and can go a long way with your workout routines.
One of the best ways to stay with a workout schedule is to be realistic. If you are not a morning person, you should not expect that you will get up every morning at 5 AM to workout. You need to be realistic about when you are working out, how much you are working out and how hard you are working out. If you are not a runner, don’t schedule 10 mile runs for yourself everyday, this is only setting yourself up for failure. Be realistic and remember no one is perfect, there may be days that you miss a workout, but if you are willing to work within your own limitations you can start being far more successful with your workout efforts.
Stick With it!
One of the biggest challenges with creating a workout schedule that you can stick with is resisting the urge to give up when things get difficult. So many people start with a workout plan and have great intentions and then find that after a few weeks or a few days, they have already given up and fallen back on old habits. Research has found that it takes people on average 66 days to form a new habit, so don’t expect exercising to seem like part of your daily routine right away. It can be a challenge for months. However, if you are diligent and disciplined and stick with it, you will find that over time, working out really can be a healthy habit that you continue to perform day after day.
While it may seem difficult to schedule in time for working out at first, if you truly try to abide by these tips, you will find that over time, working out will become part of your routine. Eventually, with workouts built into your schedule, you will find it easier and easier to make exercise part of your daily habits and part of your new, healthier life.