5 Steps to Get on Track with a Workout Routine
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5 Steps to Get on Track with a Workout Routine

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

5 Steps to Get on Track with a Workout 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.

5 Steps to Get on Track with a Workout Routine
A laptop, mouse, a note pad, and books on a table.

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.

5 Steps to Get on Track with a Workout Routine
Agenda with glasses and a pen on a table.

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.

5 Steps to Get on Track with a Workout Routine
Workout clothing, a yoga mat, and a water bottle on a table.

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.

5 Steps to Get on Track with a Workout Routine
Reese getting ready to go for a run.

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.

5 Steps to Get on Track with a Workout Routine
Reese and the VP of Cuteness during a morning workout.

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!

What are some steps you find helpful to start a workout routine?

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19 Comments

  1. I tend to stick to my exercise routine when I exercise first thing in the morning. I recently reached a milestone – I worked out every day for a solid year without missing a day (still going). That’s a biggie for me. Getting my workout clothes ready the night before helps too. Great steps!!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Congrats Alli! Working out for a year straight is an amazing milestone to reach! Yes, having my gear out the night before makes such a difference to getting me on track for my routine.

  2. I have to usually get up before everyone else in the house to get anything done without interruption. My workout routine is sometimes simply running up and down stairs to do chores! lol

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Shelly! Yes, running up and down stairs is a good exercise to do, whether it is for exercise for for chores. I do like doing my routine as early as possible during the day. If I can’t keep my VPs distracted, I get them in on the workout.

  3. I really need to get on track with myself too. I like your idea of shopping around to find the best fit!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks Shannon! I think this step is so important to the success of your workout routine. You may stop wanting to workout if you don’t shop around first to find some exercises adn routine you enjoy. Working out should be fun, too!

  4. Yup, I try to jog every morning. I just make sure to fit it into my day. Granted, some days are crazier and I don’t have the time, but for the most part, I can do it nearly every day of the week.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi Amber! Like to run a few days a week, too! It is good to get out while exercising.

  5. As much as I workout, it never dawned on me to set out my workout clothes the night before. That is such a great idea, even for experienced workout-aholics

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks Brianne! This is such a time saving tip for me. I get up early to get a lot of work done since I have lower energy levels later in the day. Working out early also allows me to tackle other tasks later in the day.

  6. This is an angle you never think about. The pre-working out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hey Marcos! Yes, the pre-workout is just as important as the workout itself for me!

  7. These are great steps! Reminds me I really need to get my workout routine in order!!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hi CherishingFlo! When you are ready to start your fitness journey, I hope these tips get you on your way to achieving your goals!

  8. I’m not on a first name basis with workouts! Ha! I love your tips and will consider them when I sit down to take working out more seriously.

  9. Ruth I says:

    Getting prepped and organized almost makes everything possible. I don’t think it’s easy to do and accomplish sometimes. Thanks to this, I can be more on track and consistent.

  10. For me if I don’t stick to a routine I will not get it done. And it takes me a solid 2 weeks to get into that routine in order for me not to want to break it lol

  11. Kathy says:

    These are all really good ideas. I have to be able to stick to a routine as well. If not, it most likely won’t happen.

  12. These are all great tips and something that I can take advantage of. I never thought to actually plan out a workout routine! It seems like such an easy idea until you try to make it up as you go along.

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