For some people, the most difficult part of fitness is making it a regular habit. “I’m too tired.” “I’ll do it tomorrow.” “I just don’t have time today!” There’s always some reason not to workout. That’s only three excuses, need more? Watch the video to your right!
What can you do to stop making excuses and start getting fit? Creating a daily exercise schedule ahead of time often works. If you make exercise part of your day’s plans, you’ll be more likely to do it. As you plan your workouts, keep two factors in mind.
- First, decide how many days per week you want to exercise. Most fitness programs recommend working out anywhere from three to six day a week. In my opinion, six days per week is perfect. At a minimum, shoot for five days.
- After you’ve selected the number of days you’ll workout, choose your days off. You may decide not to exercise on the days you’re busiest with work, school, or family. You may like weekends off. Worst case scenario, be flexible! If you were scheduled for Saturday off, and something comes up on Wednesday, just shuffle your days around.
- Also, carefully consider the best time of day for your workouts. If you’re a morning person, working out is a wonderful way to start your day. Even if you’re a sluggish riser, you may opt for morning exercise. It’ll help you wake up, and you’ll get your daily exercise out of the way first thing. Morning workouts are ideal, in my opinion. Nobody wants to get up at 5 am. (I guess there are exceptions!) But getting it out of the way eliminates any time excuses later in the day. If you do workout in the afternoons or evening, don’t allow distractions. When I worked out in the afternoon, I used to come home from work, and immediately change and workout. I would not sit at the computer, turn on the TV, look at the mail or anything. That only invites an excuse and time delay.
- You may have to play with your workout schedule when you first begin. However, once you hit on the best time of day, don’t change it. Make it your habit. As time passes, you’ll come to rely on your workouts to reduce stress and keep you fit. Do your best to workout, the same day each day for 21 days. That’s about how long it takes to develop a habit. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Take it one day at a time, and before you know it, it’s just another part of your day.
If you would like a home workout, take a look at the Fitness Programs link at the very top of this page. We have some great programs for every style. If you’re not sure what you like, compare several programs here. Whatever you do…. just get started. Come see us on Facebook too. Good luck!!