It is important to make exercise a part of your weekly schedule. We all have busy lives, and it is up to you to prioritize your health over other things (like watching your favorite TV show). I personally plan out my schedule every Monday because it helps me to stick to my workout plan and also holds me accountable.
Another important part of fitting exercise into your schedule is determining if you are a morning or evening exerciser. If you are grumpy and exhausted every morning like me, chances are you will not wake up super early to workout. Here are some questions that you should ask yourself to decide which time of day is best for you to exercise:
1. Are you a morning person? If you are miserable and have no energy in the morning, stick to evening workouts. I know I personally feel like I am still sleeping when I exercise before work. I somehow have a ton of energy at night so I stick to evening workouts.
2. Do you often work late or have evening plans? If you tend to turn down a workout class because a friend invited you to happy hour, exercise in the morning. If you like to cook dinners for the family, exercise in the morning. If there is any chance that you may cancel your evening workout, do it in the morning.
3. Are your favorite fitness classes/instructors in the morning or evening? It is important to figure out which fitness classes you love and enjoy. You will not get yourself to the gym if you are bored with your workouts. Love a certain fitness instructor? Plan your workouts accordingly.
4. Do your friends workout in the morning or evening? No, you should not depend on your friends to go to the gym but it does help. I typically only go to a 7:00 am class if I have a friend going too. Working out is a lot more enjoyable when there is a friend in the room, and of course you do not want to be a no show and let your friends down.
If you are better off exercising in the morning, make sure to have your workout clothes all ready to go when you wake up. Do you not keep your alarm clock near you or else you may run the risk of pressing snooze and missing your class. If you are an evening exerciser, I recommend going straight to the gym after work or school. Do not stop home; you may never go back out again.
Write down your workout plan every Monday and share it with friends. At the end of the week, place a star sticker next to each workout that you completed. I promise you will feel amazing and proud of yourself once you figure out your weekly workout routine, and stick to it.