Creating a workout routine you can and will stick to

Morning, afternoon or evening, it doesn’t matter.  What matters is that you get moving!

The first step to creating a workout routine you will commit to and that will become a Keystone Habit is to figure out what works for your schedule and will fit your lifestyle.

You must be realistic.

If you set a morning workout routine but you dread getting out of bed in the morning, the odds of you sticking to your routine are low.

If you have a demanding job and you never take lunch and you join a gym close to work with hopes you can work out at lunch, it will never happen.

If you have responsibilities such as kids, a home, a husband and night-time commitments the odds of you working out in the evening are slim so creating an evening workout routine is futile.

So take some time to figure out where you can fit this routine in and how it will best work with your lifestyle.

Once you have accomplished step number one, then the next step is to evaluate where you are physically and what your core goals are with regards to fitness.

What is it that you are hoping to accomplish?  and what are you capable of?

If you are overweight and can barely walk up a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing, then you want to start off slow with some cardio to get the heart pumping and get your body used to exercise.  Then slowly you can add different low impact cardio exercises which will accelerate the impact of the exercise and you will start seeing more results.  Overtime you can add more resistance and muscle toning exercises once you have reached your desired weight loss.

In the event you are at a desired weight ~good for you~ but need some muscle toning and conditioning then in addition to cardio you want to look at adding power yoga, Pilates, weight training, boot camps, HIIT etc.  Adding them to your cardio workout will give you the desired results based on how many days a week you work out as well as how long you are working out for.

My rule of thumb is 20-40 minutes a day of cardio with strength training or body sculpting 5/6 days a week is better than pounding away on a treadmill for an hour a day.  Especially if you are over 40.  I find low impact, muscle lengthening/strengthening exercises provide a more dramatic result in terms of toning and leaning out your body.  I also think its beneficial to work out more than once a day if you can fit it into your schedule.

Lastly if you are only looking to add some cardio and just want to get your heart pumping for a few minutes a day I find walking 2x a day is an incredible way to accomplish this.  You can walk down the street, on a treadmill, in the park, with a friend, alone, etc.  with walking, the options are endless…and if you tweak your diet a bit your results may be exactly what you are looking for.

There are many articles and websites geared toward fitness so I empower you to spend some time searching to find what may work for you.

Good luck and get moving!


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