Putting aside time for a daily workout can be tough. Between appointments, work, social events, kid’s schedules and everything else on your plate, fitting in time for lunch can be hard, let alone spending a few minutes to work out. Yet, working out will keep you energized, healthy and fit to be able to tackle the rest of your day. So use these tips to create a workout schedule that will work with your life.
First, figure out your attainable goals. How much you work out or what workouts you do will be directly related to your goals. Determine realistically what your goals are and how much time you have to put into those goals. For example, you might be interested in losing weight or simply want to be healthier. Break these goals down into something specific like losing five pounds in eight weeks.
Next, look at your lifestyle and your personal preferences. Figure out what time you enjoy working out depending on if you’re a morning person or a night owl. Then, talk to your doctor or a trainer about your goals in relation to your age, level of fitness, conditions or injuries and where you plan working out. You will need to figure out if you want to work out at home or in the gym, solo or with a friend and so on. Then aim to workout 3-4 times a week. You may want to work out more if you’re hoping to lose weight or have a serious goal like becoming a bodybuilder. If you only have time for a few times a week, it is better than nothing!
When you begin working out, here are a few suggestions to keep your body guessing and make sure you’re never bored.
- Switch up your cardio often. Take a spinning class, run, ride your bike, use an elliptical, etc. Change it up to keep things interesting and your muscles guessing.
- Strength train at least once a week. Women are often afraid of strength training because they don’t want to become bulky, but if you use small weights, this simply will not happen. It will help you lose weight and tone muscle though.
- Stretch! Stretch daily, especially if you sit at a desk all day for work. Stretch before and after a workout and foam roll if you are sore.
What is your workout schedule? Do you switch it up to accommodate your busy schedule? Share with us!