Building an Exercise Routine

Part of wellness means having a healthy body.

This doesn’t mean that you have to look like a fitness model, but it does mean feeling good about your body and being comfortable in your own skin. Exercising will give you confidence, promote a positive mood, and get you to drop some of those unwanted pounds.  

Here are three tips to help you get moving; Schedule, Prepare, and Enjoy!

I often hear people say that they don’t have time to exercise. This is simply not true! Sorry for calling you out, but it’s not.  People tell themselves this lie to feel better about not doing what they should.

My first tip is to schedule your exercise. I think working out in the morning is best because there are less distractions. However, I realize this doesn’t work for everyone, so you will need to schedule your workouts.

Schedule 5-6 workouts in your calendar. I suggest you over schedule to ensure that you will work out at least 3-4 times in a week. Schedule these in your phone as appointments and make them a priority. You can also put them on a calendar and hang it on the refrigerator. Do this so that everyone in your family knows that during this time, you are doing something for yourself. This is an appointment in which you are investing time in your self-care to be better for you and for everyone around you.

The second tip is to prepare.  If you plan on going to the gym after work each day, then pack your gym bag in the morning and leave it in your car. Also, decide what type of workout you are doing each day and go to the gym with a plan in place. I see so many new gym goers who go to the gym without a plan. Then, they just wander around the gym and do a set of biceps here, a few minutes of cardio there. This type of haphazard working out is not going to help you reach your goals.

Most gyms offer a fitness orientation upon joining.  Take advantage of this and get in a routine. Have the trainer give you a full body circuit workout to get you started. If your gym doesn’t offer this, start out by doing cardio for 30-45 minutes.  Remember to pump that heart and sweat a little….by a little, I mean a lot!

Lastly, find your niche! Find a workout that you enjoy because I don’t want you to dread exercising.  Start out simple. Don’t try to run a marathon your first day out. Lifting, hiking, and kickboxing are some of my favorite workouts. Figure out what you enjoy and get moving.

In order to keep your body healthy and functioning, you must stay active. Just be mindful that no exercise routine is going to trump the effects of a poor diet.  Get moving by scheduling your workout, preparing yourself, and enjoying your activity. You got this!

Laura Ciampa