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Revamping Your Exercise Schedule

Revamping Your Exercise Schedule

Schedules change throughout the year. A new school year starts up again, shifts change at work, sports start back up...things happen. Life gets crazy, yet again. Are you going to make excuses and give up? Or are you going to collect your thoughts, sit down and figure out a plan in order to continue making progress.

Do you know the steps you should take in order to switch gears and continue with your health and fitness journey without skipping a beat?

Let me share a few steps that will help you get reorganized quickly so you can continue working out and not get set back from your goal.
  • Step 1: WRITE DOWN ALL POSSIBLE ROUTINES THAT YOU HAVE IN A WEEK....INCLUDING WEEKENDS.
Write down an hourly schedule of your week. Each day you probably have a different routine. Or maybe you might have the same routine a couple days during the week while the other days are different. Doing this with an hourly schedule will allow you to visually see the exact activities that you do in a day...meaningful ones like taking the kids to school and less meaningful ones like vacuuming or laundry.
  • Step 2: GET A HIGHLIGHTER AND HIGHLIGHT THE OPEN/BLANK HOURS.
Visually seeing the openings you have in your day will give you an idea as to what time of day you have more time. What days of the week might be better to exercise, or where you may have to prioritize a bit.
  • Step 3: PRIORITIZE THE MEANINGFUL AND LESS MEANINGFUL TASKS
If you find that your schedule is zero openings in your day, you either need to lighten your load, because that is one stressful day or you need to prioritize a bit throughout the week. For example. Laundry and Cleaning: those are examples of activities that we constantly do anyway. There is no end in sight as a mother in these activities...so skip a day of it or let's face it, I am dong these things while multi-tasking throughout the day anyways. Do they really need their own hour slot on your chart? NO! These things are going to get done one way or the other. Activities that don't require you to be somewhere at a certain time can be moved around and flexible.
By the end of this activity, you should be able to find 3 slots, at least, that work for you in a week.
  • Step 4: IT'S OKAY TO SKIP A DAY
It is not necessary to find time every single day in order to reach your goals. If you're just starting out, you want to aim for 3 days a week. If you are more into a routine with exercising, you may want to increase those days. You'll find that the more you get into a routine, the more time you'll find to keep exercising. Funny how that works! However, do not feel like a failure or think that you will never reach your goals if you are not working out for an hour 7 days a week. That's not realistic. Some days just don't work, and that is okay!
  • Step 5: WRITE YOUR DESIGNATED DAYS AND TIMES ON YOUR CALENDAR
Once you figure out which days and times work best for you, write it on a calendar where you put all your other important events for the month. I personally use a white erase calendar in my Kitchen. Writing my workouts or body part days on the calendar allows me to get mentally prepared for that workout and to prepare myself ahead of time for that workout as well. Mental preparedness is one of the most important aspects of following through with an routine. If you are mentally prepared and ready to workout, you most likely will. If your mind gets filled with doubt and excuses and wait for yourself to be energized, then you probably will talk yourself out of it. So mark your workouts in a place of importance and stick to it!

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