When I first start working with clients I always ask how many days and for how long can you realistically work out. Inevitably I hear everyday.
I smile and Iâ€™m like seriously look at your schedule and responsibilities and give me that answer.
You see if you haven’t worked out in a while or you find that you arenâ€™t staying consistent that means that you haven’t Â established an exercise routine that works for you. If you are going to be serious about getting back in shape, you have to develop and follow a steady plan that allows you to do so.
You must prioritize exercise, develop a plan and stick to that plan.
Look at your day-to-day routine through an objective lens. Ask yourself the following questions.
- Are there things you are doing right now which take up time in your life that are unnecessary?
- What actions and activities are you involved in that are unhealthy?
- How many hours of television you watch each week?
- Could you trade happy hour with your friends after work 3 times a week for exercise?
- Do you really need to drive to work if you live within walking distance?
- Can you go to sleep an hour earlier each night, and use the extra hour for exercise in the morning?
Each week I map out where I going to work out on my calendar. I work for myself so youâ€™d think Iâ€™d have all the time in the world to workout, but I map out 3-4 workouts each week. If I have the ability to workout more than that itâ€™s a bonus. You see when I do that I don’tâ€™ get frustrated instead I feel accomplished. Seriously who doesnâ€™t like to feel like a winner!!
By answering these questions will you develop a mindset to help you identify 30 minute and 1 hour blocks in your life that exercise.
Whatever schedule you come up with, stick to it for a minimum of 30 days. Make working out a top priority in your life. Squeeze it in wherever you can, develop and follow a plan religiously, and you will begin to see the results you are looking for.