How To Plan Exercise Into Your Day With Ease

I hope you had a fantastic weekend!!  Do I dare say happy Monday?  The weekend is over and now back to work and reality.  Working and getting back to reality gets me thinking about exercise and how hard it is to fit it into our busy schedules.  I would like to help with that by giving you some ideas on how to plan exercise into your day.

Exercise is my drug, I need it every single day.  I hit the gym and lift weights 5 times a week, I run 4-5 days a week, and I walk every single day.  Exercise clears my mind and allows me to focus.  It is what a lot of people call my zen time or my "me" time.  

How am I able to fit this in every day?  Well, simply I put it on the top of my list.  Well, it's not at the very top, coffee is at the very tip-top of all of my list.  I don't care what list it is, coffee is on it!  All kidding aside, making exercise a top priority is why I am able to do it every day.  Let me give you 5 examples of how you can plan more exercise into your day.

If you are not a person that exercises at all making baby steps are all it takes.  Now that Spring is upon us it is easier to take walks outside in the evening after dinner.  

You could schedule a 15 or 30-minute walk around the neighborhood and that would be so great for your mind and body.   Get the whole family involved.  Not only is it good for you, it's good for the kids to get moving and run off some that extra energy they have built up before it's time for bed.

If you are a morning person.  Try hitting the gym before work.  Start out by scheduling an hour of gym time.  The great thing about gyms is, they are usually equipped with showers, blow dryers, and big mirrors so you can get ready for work after your workout.

Pack some clothes before work and throw it into the car.  After you're done with work head to the gym and release all of your frustrations out on the equipment.  My husband and I meet at the gym after work on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.  We spend about 2 hours there doing cardio and weights.  This is so great because it is something we are doing together.  We don't consider this date night by any means but it is something we do together.  

If you want to make working out a priority the having a buddy system will help.  You are more likely to head to the gym when you're meeting someone there.  You don't want to let your workout buddy down.

Set Up A Workout Schedule

Yes, I cannot stress this one enough.  If you have a schedule then you are setting yourself up for success.  I have a rotating schedule for weights.  

Depending on the time of year I will have a running schedule (I sign up for a few races a year, so my training is off and on).  If you are interested in weight training, Bodybuilding.com is a fantastic website full of exercises and training plans.  

Also, I have put together a little workout planner for your too.  You know how much I love to plan, I thought I would share my workout planner with you.  It is a blank planner but this is what I use to as my daily workout schedule.  

I keep track of the food I eat, how much water I drink, how much cardio I do, and my weights.  I like to keep track each of these to see my progress from week to week.  

There you have it, my tips on how to plan exercise into your day.  Are you ready to get out there?  Do you put exercise at the top of your list?  I would love to hear your thoughts below!  Thank you so much!!