Being fit is of paramount importance, today more than ever. Many illnesses come from the pressures of daily life and the impact these have on our bodies. For example, exercise is a great way to relieve stress, and for this reason many people develop fitness schedules to help them combat stress and stay healthy. Whatever your fitness level and whatever your reason for getting fitter, you will always benefit from a fitness schedule because this will make you more likely to stick to your workout plan.
Because it’s so important, here are 5 top tips to help you create a fitness schedule that works:
1. Set goals. Setting a goal will keep you motivated and help you to feel a sense of accomplishment as your goal becomes a reality. While you may not have a specific weight loss or exercise goal, do your best to set some type of goal. For instance, maybe you do not want to weigh yourself, but you do want to be able to fit into your favorite jeans that are now too small. When you feel that your workouts have a purpose, you will feel that your fitness schedule is not a waste of time.
2. Be consistent. When you are working out, consistency is the key. When you stick to your fitness schedule, you will see real results. However, it you are very sporadic with your workouts, you will feel as if you are treading water and not making any real progress. Take your workouts one day at a time and pay attention to how you feel. It may be a good idea to keep a workout journal so you can track your endurance progress. If you reevaluate in a month, chances are you will feel stronger then you did when you first started your workouts.
3. Have an accounting partner. Although a fitness schedule can keep you motivated, it can be tempting to ignore it and skip your workouts for days at a time. Because of this it can be a good idea to have a workout accountability partner. If you are feeling less than motivated on a particular day, your accounting partner can help keep you on track. If you have a friend who is willing to actually workout with you, that would be ideal. Otherwise, you want to find someone who is willing to keep you motivated and to remind you of your fitness commitments.
4. Be realistic. If you are working out for weight loss, be sure to set realistic goals for yourself. If you get over zealous too early, you will be more likely to get discouraged and give up. If you have not worked out in 10 years, it may not be a good idea to decide to run 7 miles your first day back in the gym. Instead, start out slow and build up your strength. Our book Strength to Strength has some excellent fitness schedules that will help you do just that.
5. Do not get stuck in a rut. One of the easiest ways to get burnt out is to not have any variation in your fitness schedule. Instead of only doing cardiovascular work or only doing strength training, be sure to mix it up. When you do different types of workouts, your body will not get too used to one thing and you will feel that your workouts are more exciting.