Avoid the wishy-washy and the mamby-pamby. Leaving it up to your mood in the morning, the way the rest of the day pans out, or the alignment of the stars in just plain sabotage. Put it on your wall calendar, store it in the Cloud, or write it on the dry erase board on the fridge. Whatever you do, put it on your schedule and stick to it.
It can be anything! If you have a little time before the kids wake up to lift some dumb bells and stretch, there’s your appointment. If you just adore the spin instructor at the gym on Mondays, make it a recurring date. If your only opportunity to exercise is a walk in the neighborhood with the kids and the dog in tow, take it (and maybe throw in some squats at every stop sign).
Remember to be realistic. Overscheduling will surely lead to defeat. If two days a week is all you can muster, then start there. Once the routine sets in, maybe you’ll add another day. In fact, if all you have is a 10 minute window mid-morning, then throw on your walking shoes and go 5 minutes down the street and five minutes back.
But here’s the catch, you need to mark it in pen! It is not an option, it’s a must. Think of it as a meeting with your boss that you can’t cancel (and by your boss, I mean your butt). If all you do is put on your stretchy pants and sneakers the first time, so be it. Next time, you’ll make it all the way down the block. If you add an extra day then bravo for you. But treat it like icing on the cake – it enhances, but doesn’t replace, your scheduled days.
Hey life happens and avoiding rigidity is healthy, but in the early days of establishing an exercise routine having a plan and sticking to it is the key to success. I mean, really, if your kids said they only wanted to brush their teeth on Thursdays and only if the weather was good what would you say?
So make an appointment with your fitness, your “boss” will thank you!