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How to fit exercise into your schedule! It's easy, I promise!

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Do you start the first week of an exercise routine, sticking to it for the first week and then slowly dropping off? Maybe you feel you don't have enough time to workout? How can you possibly fit it into your day? 

I’ve been there. I know how challenging it is to fit it in to my schedule. But I do. You've seen my workout selfies!  I workout EVERY DAY, and I'm going to tell you my "secret."

In my office job I 40+ hours per week, I'm a mom of kids with homework and many after school activities, a wife, and like many people have a million other items on my "to do" list.  I have struggled to integrate exercise in my day. I’ve always been super motivated in the beginning, with the intention of, "This time will be different!" But as soon as I faced all my obligations and stressful schedule, I ended up skipping workouts, eating the whatever food I could reach, and feeling like the biggest loser.

Life is hectic and stressful.  We have the best intentions to incorporate a healthy routine, but sometimes we easily get caught up in the daily grind. Exercise, health, and time for us gets pushed aside!

But here’s the thing: peak performance at work and having energy to devote to your loved ones can only come if we're taking care of ourselves first. And let’s not forget that working out makes you feel and look amazing.
 
Here’s how to fit exercise into your schedule, and make sure it stays there!

Sunday is going to be your most important day of the week!

vanessamc246, the butterfly effect, change one thing, change everything, Vanessa McLaughlinEvery Sunday, I take some time for myself, sit down with my calendar, and look at my upcoming week. I go through my schedule, and add my workouts to the calendar: usually after work, sometimes after my kids are in bed, and sometimes even in the early morning. If possible, I try to fit it in during my lunch hour.

Those appointments with myself are very important!

I'm as precise as possible, scheduling to the exact hour, and the exact workout.

During my Sunday scheduling session, I consider my energy levels on that day, as well as my obligations. With Beachbody, I know exactly what workout I'm going to be doing each day and how long that workout will last: 30 minutes!! However, if I'm not doing a Beachbody program, I always scheduled one hour to workout and designated lifting weights days on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, and cardio days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On the weekends, I always try to schedule a family "workout": a walk, bike ride, or game of tennis.

It's very helpful if you know exactly what exercises you're going to perform and to give them a specific time frame. Believe it or not, we humans are lazy and we actually don't like to make decisions. So if you already decide on Sunday what you're going to do the rest of your week, you're more likely to stick to it
 
This way you don't need to decide when and where you are going to do your workouts, or what you're going to do for them. You just need to execute and stick to your own schedule.

And that makes it so much easier!

Have you tried this? Let me know how it works for you.

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