When it comes to starting an exercise routine, it can be tough at first to navigate how to implement exercise sessions into your already busy schedule. It takes most people a few weeks to really see what works and what doesn’t when it comes to what days and times they work out. That is why I am here to give you a few tips and tricks to help you think through your schedule so that you can consistently get your workouts in.
1) Do you want to work out in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings?
Many people may think that working out in the morning is the only option because that is when most people work out. Really the only hard and fast rules with the timing of your workouts is: will you or won’t you ACTUALLY get your work out in at this time and will you feel your best? For example, I workout in the mornings because that is when I am the most motivated and that is when I have the most energy. For other people, you may have more energy in the evenings or afternoons. It really all depends on your preference.
2) How many days per week do you want to work out?
For most people, I would recommend working out 3-5x per week. Of course, this exact number will depend on your goals. For example, if you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle you might want to up this number. If you are just trying to move better or maintain it is ok to stay on the lower range with this number. Next, I would determine what days of the week you feel like are best for getting your workouts in and schedule them out!
3) How long do you want to work out for?
This may be surprising to some people, but you don’t have to work out for hours on end every day to get results. You can get in a 30-45 minute workout and still see results! It all depends on the intensity and content of your workouts. For example, if you are doing a hypertrophy based strength training workout, it will naturally take you longer to do because with lifting heavier weights comes taking longer rest breaks. On the other hand, if you are doing a HIIT or AMRAP workout, 30 minutes is all you need to get in an awesome workout and still burn a good amount of calories. Use what time you have and make the most out of it!
I hope these three tips help you fit in exercise on a consistent basis so that you can start seeing real results. And remember, even if you haven’t been able to fit exercise into your schedule before doesn’t mean you can’t start now!