“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
I read the above statement on one of my favorite blogger’s websites on her 2017 resolutions blog post a couple of weeks ago, and it has stuck with me (haunted me a little, to be honest) these past few weeks. I’m a planner – I mean a planner planner. Like planning when to shower…
As I’m about to head into my final (AH!) semester of college, I’ve been building out my weekly schedule just to get an idea of what it’ll look like, figure out how to avoid stress, and to see when are the best times to kick back and relax. But one of the most important things about this planning is factoring in my fitness. I need workouts to keep this crazy brain of mine calm and able to focus!
After reading the survey results (take it here if you haven’t yet!), y’all are wanting to see more fitness content and I am more than happy to share! Today’s post is all about how to plan to factor fitness into your life as well as how to maintain a plan so that you can manage a schedule with working out included (whatever form of exercise that may be).
PICK THE BEST WORKOUT FOR YOU
For me, I have found that the only (and I mean, ONLY) way that I’ll get my butt to workout is if I register for workout classes. Otherwise, without that accountability to have to show up somewhere and get charged if I bail, I’d skip the gym all the time. I’m also a workout newb, so working out on my own in a gym intimidates me because I get scared that people are like, “what is that girl DOING with those dumb bells?!”. I know this isn’t the case for everyone, and some might hate workout classes!
What’s most important here is knowing yourself and your body (and your budget!).
First, ask yourself these questions:
- What type of workout is best for me and my body?
- Do I enjoy that type of workout?
- What’s my budget for monthly fitness costs?
- Gym membership or studio membership?** (Some gyms offer classes as well, #winwin!)
- How far am I willing to drive (or walk, #fit) to workout?
**On ClassPass: I have tried ClassPass before and really loved it! But there were studios I loved more than others and wanted to go back more than just 3 times, so I ended up cancelling my membership and sticking with one studio I’d discovered and loved. But for those of you wishing to keep things interesting and challenge your body in different ways, I really think this would be a great option for you!
Now get to Googling gyms and studios! Or if you’re not into working out in a gym or at a studio, start talking around with your gal pals and see if they’d be interested in going on weekly walks or runs.
PLANNING TO SUCCEED
After some soul searching, then comes the good stuff: the planning.
First things first, pick which planner option works best for you. iCal? Day planner? Google cal? You pick! As for me, I’ll be hitting up that good ole pen and paper like nobody’s business. Anybody with me? There’s something about writing down a workout class time in pen that makes it feel like I can’t miss it all the more.
Now that you’ve got your planning device in place, think about how often you’d like to workout (be realistic and give your body rest in between workouts). Ideally, I’d like to workout 4-5 times a week, but I usually only get to 3-4 times because life happens! What are the best days for you to fit in a workout? Try to schedule workouts on days when you know you have some wiggle room to factor in traffic on your way to the gym, for example. I also like to feel like I’m not running from one thing to the next on days that I workout. That way I’ll have time to stretch before and after and leave to get to a class on time!
After picking the frequency and days for your workouts, add them to your planner. Some studios have apps where I can schedule classes from my phone and it sets up a reminder in my phone calendar automatically! This is so helpful – definitely set reminders when you put your classes into your phone.
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How do you plan to workout? Any tips and tricks you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!