It’s been a long day, you’re so tired and all you want to do is put your feet up, turn on the tube…or in my case, curl up with a book and glass of wine! As you are about to relax, a dreaded thought pops into your mind. THE GYM! I’m sure this happens quite a bit however, there is a way to fit fitness into your routine without having to mess up your entire schedule.
First and foremost, MOTIVATION! You have to really want to do it, even if you’re tired, I mean really ladies you can’t complain if you aren’t trying. Right?!?! You can make this a process that tortures you OR you can make it fun! Guess what, if it something you really enjoy then it’s easy to make the time. Trust me!
First, look at your schedule and see when the best time of day works for you to workout. Is it before work, after work or during lunch breaks?
Not everyone shares the same workout times and doesn’t benefit from the same times either. You want to find when you are at your peak, in other words when you will have the best workout in the least amount of time. For me, after work typically works best. After my walk home, I am re-energized and ready to go. I change as soon as I get home, I grab my water and head down to the gym. If you’re moving quickly it keeps you from changing your mind on working out. This becomes extremely important as you don’t give yourself time to sit down and do something else. No excuses ladies!
Next, what is your primary focus? Is it strength training, cardio, toning? Your primary focus doesn’t have to be the same every day, feel free to switch it up. Whatever you do, be sure to come prepared with a plan – especially if you only have 15 minutes. Having your plan in place will ensure a better workout. I usually finalize my plan while I am walking home from work that way, as soon as I get home I am ready to go.
Now, how much workout sessions are you willing to commit to. The truth is, a 15-minute workout is plenty of time to do your body good. I personally like to do at least 30 minutes, this gives me time to mix up my workouts and still maintain my focus. The point is…figure out what works best for you and stick to it!
Now, you have the motivation, you have your plan and ideally your committed number of workouts however some of you might feel this isn’t enough. Well, you’re lucky because I have more. To ensure you stay on track, have a workout buddy who you can keep each other accountable. Switch things up and take some of your workouts outdoors. Finally, create your workout plan for the week…or even better for the month. It isn’t going to get any easier because you will continue to get better and push for the body you have always dreamed about. You got this!
Just remember, we aren’t all the same! We don’t have the same body types or the same schedules. And what might work for me doesn’t always work for others. You clicked on this blog for a reason…you need another way and now it is your turn to put these steps into motion. What do you have to lose?
Do you have a workout routine that works great for you? Please share!
Guest Contributor Blogger: Kathryn Marks