Speaking of schedules, that is exactly the topic of this article. What a coincidence!
Make It Regular
One of the excuses I hear most often for not working out is that people are just too busy. It's such a great excuse because it's almost always true. Most of us are way too busy to fit in a 30-60 minute workout every day. I mean really busy.
The reality is that we all seem to make the time for the things we really want to do. The issue usually comes down to whether or not what we want to do is important enough to make it a part of our day versus something that we just fit in if and when we can.
This is something that I have struggled with myself. What I have found to be helpful is to decide that my workout time will be every day when I get home from work. Period. I have made it a part of my day so that if a miss my workout I feel as odd as if I had not had time to shower or put pants on.
Possibly my lack of pants would make you feel more strangely than I, but you get the idea.
A timetable works extra well for me because while I may be laid back most of the time, once I have something locked in I get very irritable when plans get derailed. (All of my family, friends, acquaintances and coworkers are nodding in enthusiastic agreement right now.) Whether this is a geek trait or just straight up OCD, I don't know.
Make It A Priority
So you have a regular time. It may be after work like me or first thing in the morning or whenever. Another geek tendency to overcome is that of being easily distract. Do not decide that the best time to check in on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, MySpa... (well... not them) ...is right before you exercise. You will focus on that activity and then decide that there is not enough time left to fit in your hour of sweating before you have to be on to other things. Business before pleasure! Be smart about your timing
Make It A No-Brainer
It's one thing to have a part of your day assigned to being fit, but if you eat into that time by trying to figure out what it is you need to do, that just gives you another excuse to procrastinate. Decide ahead of time what the workout plan is so you don't have to think about it at the last minute. This would also be applicable to a meal plan if you are doing that.
I am a Beachbody fan and I know that both their P90X and Insanity programs give you schedules for their 90 and 60 day plans. I assume other programs they sell are similarly structured. At any rate, I typically start my workout week on Sunday because I really like my recovery days to fall on Wednesday and my stretching/resting days to fall on Saturday.
Make It Geeky
Pencil and paper are fine, as are calendars and worksheets and all of that old analog stuff. If those things help you, then by all means use them. But if you are a dyed-in-the-wool nerd, you're all about spreadsheets, databases and the web. You have some options.
I've mentioned Beachbody several times in the past couple fitness-related posts because not only do they have great products, but they also offer tools to help overcome many of the excuses we make to not live healthy lifestyles. It should be no surprise that one of those tools is a workout calendar.
If you don't want to or can't use the Team Beachbody site, you might consider doing something with a spreadsheet application. Personally, I use Google Sheets. This gives me the flexibility to manage my schedule and results in one place.
As you can see, I'm nearing the end of my Insanity run. Which means you should be seeing a new post on results and accountability soon.
No really. Sometime next week.
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