Happy Monday Squadies! When first getting into the fitness and nutrition realm, there is one excuse that stands tall above the rest: I DON’T HAVE TIME! Whether we are talking about fitness, nutrition, or both, many of us believe that we just don’t have time for it. Besides this common belief, the truth is with the right mindset and a good routine, you will find that you DO have time for it! Today I am going to talk about creating the PERFECT workout routine for yourself!
The first thing you have to do is find a workout routine! How many days a week do you want to workout? What do you want to workout? Where? How?! This whole process could arguably be the most time consuming, especially if you are a beginner. To find the answers to these questions, you need to decide what your fitness goals are, and see what you have available to you, equipment-wise. If you want to do it completely on your own, you will need to do a decent amount of research.
If this seems like A LOT of work, your right – it is! Although this is the case, you have another option, you can get someone to do it for you! At LEANSQUAD, we build custom meal plans and fitness plans! Instead of spending so much of your time looking for your solutions and going through trial and error, let us do it for you! Tell us your goals, what you have available to you and we can write you the perfect workout plan whether you want to workout at home or the gym!
Now that you have a schedule, how do you fit it into your day?!
This is where the routine comes into play! Although now you have that schedule, if you don’t plan out your days and when you are going to work out, it will be hard to get them done! Planning is crucial for a perfect workout routine and will look different to everyone! I typically like to workout at the beginning of my day so I can feel fueled and energized for the rest of the day. Many squadies choose to wake up an hour or so earlier than usual and do the workout then. LEANSQAUD workouts are typically between 30 minutes and an hour in length, so you don’t need to give up your whole morning to get a workout in! If you start work super early or just aren’t a morning person you can work out after work or even after dinner. You may have to try a few different times before you find what works best for you!
One of the BEST tips I can give you to make sure you are getting your workouts done is to PRIORITIZE them. Many people who give up on their fitness regime do so because their workouts are an afterthought. You WILL NOT be successful trying to squeeze in the workout whenever you get a chance! Instead choosing a time slot and sticking to it will ensure you will get it done!
If you have a busy schedule, take a minute to sit down and write down your daily schedule and see where and when you can get that workout done. Make sure to stick to this schedule as MUCH as possible, until it becomes a solid part of your daily routine!
How do you turn a new habit into a routine?! With consistency! Before a habit becomes a routine, it can sometimes feel like a nuisance or something difficult to get done. If you feel this way, DON’T WORRY! That is completely normal! Adding something new into your routine can shake things up and make life seem a bit jumbled at first, the only way to get through this is with consistency. Once you have been doing it for a few weeks, you will already have a better idea of what works best for you and will feel more comfortable with it. You will be one step closer to finding a perfect workout routine!
Having a solid fitness routine is great, but doing the SAME workouts over and over for a long period can affect your results! How?! Repetition can cause us to plateau! This means you will not be seeing the same results you did when you first began your new fitness routine. In order to prevent this from happening, you should change up your workouts every 3-4 weeks. This way, you are challenging your body, using your muscles in new and different ways, and seeing results!
In order to find and stick to the perfect routine for yourself, you NEED to be motivated! It is very hard to get your workouts done if you don’t WANT to do it in the first place. Finding a source of motivation will help you have the mental capacity to DO the workout in the first place and get it DONE most effectively!
There you have it squadies! My top tips for finding the perfect workout routine for yourself!