Schedule It In!
Let's face it. Life is busy. Everyone has different things going on ranging from work to family commitments. It is hard to create an exercise routine -- never mind stick to it. One day you oversleep. The next day you get stuck in a meeting. A friend invites you to dinner. I think you get my point. Sometimes life just gets in the way--but you need to remember to take time for yourself.
Whether you are just beginning a workout routine or you are a seasoned gym rat it is important to schedule it in. Treat your workout the same way you do a meeting or a doctor's appointment. There are a couple of ways to do this.
Personally, I need to plan out my week ahead of time. I look at my schedule and figure out where I need to be and when. Then each night, I add in the daily to-do's like errands, meals etc. and decide where my workout should fit in. If my workout is in the morning, I lay out my clothes the night before so I can just get up and go. If it is at night, I decide on a time and make sure I am available for the 30-60 minutes I need to be.
For some, it may be easier to literally schedule in your workout on your calendar. Take out your appointment book, iPod...whatever it may be. Go through each day (I recommend a week ahead of time--things tend to change if you plan further out) and choose where your workout fits in. Something like 6AM Wakeup...6:30AM Gym...8:30AM Work...5pm Grocery Store...etc. Then you need to treat your workout as a set in stone appointment. At 6:30AM you need to be on the treadmill for your allotted time and then you get ready for work. This makes it much easier to fit exercise into your busy life and you make the most of your time. The key is treating it as a serious appointment. If not, you will just sleep in or go out for drinks and then you will be scrambling to get in a half-hearted workout, if at all.
So when you finish reading, take out your calendar and get to work.
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