Before you dive in, take some time to think through and plan a routine that will work for you right now – which means being practical. If you have a 4-month-old baby, you probably won’t be able to immediately pick up your old college routine (working out for 2 hours from 7-9pm).
Last week I tackled the 5W’s and 1H of Consistent Healthy Eating Habits. Here are 5Ws (How included) of questions to ask yourself to help you develop a smart plan for working out.
If you prefer, download a PDF of the 5 Point Checklist Workout Plan.
- Who else is a part of the workout picture?
- Will the kids need childcare or be incorporated into my workouts?
- Is my spouse on board?
- Do I need to hire a trainer to teach me the basics or keep me accountable?
- Will I be disciplined with workout dvds?
- Do I need a buddy to stay motivated?
- Who will keep me accountable?
- What do I enjoy doing?
- Is there a sport I enjoyed playing as a kid?
- Can I try a new exercise video?
- Can I try a new exercise class or join a gym?
- What are my top 3 choices for cardio?
- What are my top 3 choices for strength training (Body weight exercise? Kettlebells? Gym equipment?)
- When will I fit a workout into my already busy life?
- How much time do I need to workout? Including prep and shower?
- Am I willing to wake up early?
- If I miss my workout, when can I make it up?
- If I have small kids, can I work out…
- before they wake up?
- during naps?
- after my husband gets home from work?
- with the kids (in the stroller, playing beside me)?
- Can I workout at home?
- Where is my designated work out space?
- Do I need to join a gym or class?
- Is it better to be close to home or work?
- Would I rather exercise outside?
- What’s my rain plan?
- What is my goal – what do I want to improve or achieve?
- What is my purpose behind working out – my true motivation for the tough days?
- What aspects of my health (blood pressure, cholesterol, weight) would improve with exercise?
- What aspects of my fitness (strength, stamina, running time) would improve with exercise?
- What aspects of my personal wellness (stress management, sleeping, immune system) would improve with exercise?
The Key Final Component
Thinking through these five questions and creating a plan will help you stick to a workout routine, but remember: something will inevitably come up. Not to be pessimistic – that’s just life.
Illness, injury, or unavoidable life circumstances will come.
Don’t be frustrated by a setback or unplanned “break” in your routine, just slowly work your way back onto the plan.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not an all or nothing endeavor. You have an opportunity for fitness now, take small steps and adjust your plan as needed.
Now it’s time to plan your workouts. Track them with this Workout Log
What else do you need to think through to ensure you have a fitness program that will work?