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Exercise Tip: Make a Schedule and Stick to it!

So you may not be the world's most organized person, but when it comes to getting in shape, the only way to do it is to plan for it. You've got to sit down and make yourself an exercise schedule.

When you're done, post it wherever you need to in order to get motivated to follow it. Plaster copies on your corkboard at work, on your home fridge, and on your bathroom mirror. Heck, pass them out to your family members and friends too, so they can help you follow it. You can also fill in your daily planner (if you don't have one, now's a great time to get one) with times and fitness activities that you have planned out, so you have daily reminders.

It's not enough to think that you want to get in shape, you've got to make an effort every single day. So if you can map out your week, and break it down by day, it'll feel easier to accomplish.

Want to see an example of my exercise schedule? Then

It took me a while to fill up my schedule with all this fun stuff. Don't feel like you need to jump into 50 million different activities all at once. Start off small, maybe with three 20-minute walks a week. Then you can add to it if you need to, and when you feel ready.

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday 6:30 am: walk the dog (20 min) 6 pm:Yoga Class (90 min)
Tuesday 6:30 am: walk the dog (20 min) 12 pm: run, bike, or use gym machines (30 min)
Wednesday 6:30 am: walk the dog (20 min) 6 pm: Pilates Class (60 min)
Thursday 6:30 am: walk the dog (20 min) 12 pm: run, bike, or use gym machines (30 min)
Friday 6:30 am: walk the dog (20 min) 4 pm: walk with my girlfriends (60 min) 8 pm: walk the dog (20 min)
Saturday 7:30 am: walk the dog (20 min) 10 am: day hike, family bike ride, swimming - something physical with the whole fam (1-3 hours)
Sunday 7:30 am: walk the dog (20 min)

Fit's Tips: If you sign up for an exercise class or a gym membership with your friends, you can help motivate each other to go.

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Arrack Arrack 8 years
What a great idea! :) I tend to get too focused on work and my studies to allow myself the time to exercise, but explicitly booking it... now that might work!
dmiller0222 dmiller0222 8 years
Fit - I like how you try and fit SOMETHING in everyday...I think that is key - to do something each day even if it is only a 20 min. walk with the dog. Thanks for the ideas!
ktacce ktacce 8 years
i'm really going to try and do this! i'm also moving offices and soon there will be a gym in my office - absolutley NO excuses!
Bksuga Bksuga 8 years
i could do that if i had a little more motivation after work and school i am tired but I CAN DO IT LOL
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 8 years
Fit, thank you so much for reposting the links for the day planner and grocery/meal list! They are SUPERB looking! :) I'm definitely an organized person, and will love jotting in all the blanks for our meals and plans. Thanks for the reminder that we HAVE to be intentional every single day about making healthy options for our lives. Whether it's the better choice to eat for lunch or taking some alone time to rejuvenate in the evening with your favorite book, the choice of how healthy we live is really up to us.
absolut_lauren absolut_lauren 8 years
Every night, I make a schedule for the next day. I write down my exercise routine for the following day as well as what I plan on eating at every meal. It definitely makes you more conscious of what you're doing with your body.
frappelattes frappelattes 8 years
i *DEFINITELY* need to stick to something like this.
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
I'm like olliecat. in general i have a loose plan and i do prefer morning workouts. plus i take 3 pilates classes a week which i also walk to (3 miles rt). i try to fit some yoga and weights in too.
olliecat olliecat 8 years
I don't make schedules. I just make sure two days does not go by before I workout again, and that I always take three classes per week. However, I do keep a food journal and it works!!
PinkEsq PinkEsq 8 years
I always make the schedules - the hard part for me is actually following it when things come up!
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