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Avoid Starting an Unrealistic Workout Schedule...

A lot of us get very ambitious when it comes to embarking on a new fitness program. We say, "Starting this week I am going to workout everyday for at least an hour. And I am going to do some yoga. And I am going to cook healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners from now on."

You go girl, but what about those two kids at home, the 9-5 job and didn't you want to make everyone's Christmas presents by hand this year?

Here is the thing: I am all for ambitions however, when it comes to working out, most of us need to start slow and work our way up to a full fitness routine. Start with a few days a week and as your body (and your schedule) adjusts, add another day. This way you decrease your chances of burning out due to not being able to fit it in. If you're working with a personal trainer, fill her in on your current schedule so that she can formulate a plan that will fit into your life, not take it over -- A good personal trainer will realize this is a necessity for adherence.

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AmazonChick AmazonChick 10 years
I'm totally that person who gets excited about a new routine, doesn't go to the gym the 6 times she was supposed to and gets discouraged that she didn't reach the ridiculous goal. After a few goes at it, I finally joined a running group called Learn to Run. We met once a week and were encouraged to run at least 2 other times during the week to really improve on schedule. Since the regime was once a week with others, and running I could fit in during the cool early morning or after work if it had been stressful, it really worked. I wasn't killing myself and I could see improvement week to week when I ran with the group.
mme-sky mme-sky 10 years
I've been sooo guilty of this -- I try and fit everything in and end up sending 2 hours at the gym & am too exhausted at the prospect of ever going back. I've streamlined my gym routine to 1 hour 3 times a week. The other days, I make an effort to "break a sweat". Sometimes that's a 3-mile run, sometimes, it's just a brisk walk.
melda melda 10 years
lol its just waht I do each friday
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 10 years
Girls, if you want to check out a GREAT way to kick-start a really healthy, slow-paced and then intense later workout regime, healthy eating plan, etc., you should really check out Fitness Magazine's online journal called "You Can Do It!". It's really awesome, and I've been doing it for about six weeks now. It gives you great tips, emails you for accountability every week, offers new recipes, tells you exactly how many days you should do cardio/strength training, etc. It's amazing! AND... it's completely free! Paste this into your browser and check it out: AND... even better, you get a FREE (yes, FREE ladies!) 30-day trial membership pass to any Bally Total Fitness in your area! You can do it, ladies! lol.. no pun intended ;) Let me know if you any of you fine ladies decide to try it :)
kungfubunni kungfubunni 10 years
i think it's ok to plan to work out everyday, but if you only manage to fit in 4 or 5 times a week, that's still great!
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 10 years
I'm so guilty of this. I plan out my workout routines in my head, then get exhausted, and quit altogether. It's not good for the self-esteem. I've been taking a run every 1-2 days and been doing some strength training routines. I'm gonna build up my endurance over time hopefully and just not give up.
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