Workouts. As I found out after having my VPS, it is a bit of a juggling act to find time to workout on a regular basis. There are many times I am flying solo with my kids in tow. Making time for myself is a bit difficult to manage. Now that I am trying to make me a better me, I am making my health and physical well being a priority. Finding time to work out with my entourage at home is tough, but I made it work! Take a peek below at the 5 steps I follow to keep on track with my fitness routine.
5 Steps to Get on Track with a Workout Routine
1. Answering a lot of questions
Figuring out the best workout routine for myself started with finding the answers to a lot of questions. You know, like, “What type of workout should I be doing?” and “Am I in good physical shape to be attempting some of these routines?” There is so much to think about where putting together a plan for a workout is concerned. I wanted to make sure I was going to do more harm than good to my body.
My next move was to book an appointment with my doctor. What does seeing a doctor have to do with working out? Before doing any kind of physical activity, you should do a check on your body. Since I had my VPs back-to-back, there is a chance I could have physical conditions. These issues could cause more harm to my body by doing certain routines.
After an exam, and sharing with her the routines I wanted to try, my doctor shared her thoughts. Once we discussed my options, she gave me the green light to go forward with my plan.
2. “Workout routine shopping”
Once I got home from my doctor’s visit, the next step was to put together a weekly workout. After talking to my doctor, I had great ideas as to which routines I should try.
Based on my schedule and my kids, I decided that doing my workouts from home was best. With the recommendations my doctor gave me in mind, I did a hunt for different workouts to do during the week. I found workouts online and from recommended books that targeted the types of workouts I wanted to do.
Once I had a selection of different workouts, I went through all of them. I didn’t want to injure myself by going out too hard at the beginning of this goal.
Another great idea is to consult with a personal trainer. They can show you which exercises would be best for you to try to achieve your goals. Even going to a gym is a great idea. They have child care to watch your child while you get in your workout.
3. Mapping it out
Now that I have all of the workouts I want to do, I wanted to map them out. I want to have a well rounded workout every week.
I am a visual person. Writing out my weekly workout schedule makes jumping into this routine easier. I jot down which days I would be doing each workout in my day planner. This allows me to know which exercise I will be doing each day.
Mapping out my routines also keeps me accountable to reach my goals. Writing out my workouts in my planner makes time in my daily schedule to exercise.
4. Prep, prep, PREP!
Plans are helpful to have, but I find it easier to execute on my goals by doing some prep work. It is all about convenience. I need to have that push to actually jump into the routine for the day.
I save the links I want to do on my electronic calendar. This allows me to simply click on the link to access that workout. I like to lay out my gear for the day the night before. I don’t have to deal with the hassle of trying to find what I need each day.
I also do mini challenges like doing 100 squats a day. To make sure I stay on track and “forgetting” to do them, I set alarms on my smartphone. They remind me to break away from clacking away on my laptop and stay active. These steps take away any excuses I may find to skip out on my routine.
5. Get to work!
With all of the pieces in place, the last step to achieve my goals is to get to work. I like working out in a room with a door. This way, I can block out the world and be free from distraction. I also like doing my workouts when my VPs are asleep or when they are at “the office.” When I can, I go for runs along the trails around my home to change things up.
Knowing when my energy levels are high is also a great time to workout. Working out when you have high energy is easier because you have more of a will to workout.
Does this time conflict with the schedule of others at home? See if you can plan a playdate with another parent. I also get my kids interested in an activity while you are working out. There are also times my VPs involved with my workouts. Taking them on a run, practicing yoga, or performing parts of the routines you are doing is fun, too. It keeps them active and you on track.
Making steps to achieve my workout goals
I love having a plan for starting a workout. Having a routine can be tough, but it will be worth it when you achieve your goals. What is great about these steps is that they keep me accountable to get active and stay active. There is also less thinking and making excuses not to follow through with my workouts. Having this guide gets me through the doubts of starting a workout. All of the guesswork is done. It is easy to do and these tips are great to get me going!