Working out is one of those activities that you have to relearn how to love if you’ve been out of the loop for a but. Working out always some last in your already busy schedule and you tell yourself, “I’ll start tomorrow.”
At one point you realize that a lot of tomorrows have collected and you still haven’t started. Creating and using and workout planner will help you make exercise a part of your daily routine. Say hello to guilt-free days with the help of this guide on how to build your workout planner!
How to Create a Workout Planner
Workout planners can be fun to make while helping you keep track of your fitness goals.
Determine Your Fitness Goal
So the first thing you want to do is grab a piece of paper and write down your fitness goal on the top of your planner. A fitness goal is what you want to achieve in terms of your body and how you can tailor your exercises to help you get there. Some basic fitness goals are:
- I want to lose 10 pounds.
- I want to gain muscle.
- I want to incorporate activity within my daily routine.
Establishing your fitness goal will help you design a workout plan that works best for you.
Focus On Specific Parts
Now that you know what your goal is, write on the days of the week on your paper. You can now visually see what you want to do each day.
The best way to organize what you should do each day is to break it down by specifying what you want to work on.
Make sure to have an even distribution on working out each body part. Some combinations of specific body parts can be.
- abs & cardio
- arms, back, & chest
- legs & butt
When building your workout routine, remember to challenge yourself as time passes. Your body will get stronger so the exercises you did, in the beginning, won’t have as great of an impact. Increase your reps and your weights. Also, diversify your workouts by trying new equipment or new exercises.
It also helps to switch what focus on each week instead of doing abs and cardio every Monday of the week.
Rest days allow you to take time to recover. If you try to work out seven days in a row, you will have a harder time staying consistent because you will overexert yourself. Rest days also allow your muscles to recover which helps in accomplishing your fitness goal.
Two rest days are recommended to recover effectively.
You want to have a rest day where you have no rigorous physical activity planned. Then, the next rest day should be an “active” rest day, where you can engage in light activity such as walking, or yoga.
Think of this “active” rest day as a way to get your body prepared for the next intensive workout session.
If you plan on traveling and are afraid that your “rest week” will interfere with your progress, download these free itinerary templates to incorporate your workout routine into your travel schedule!
Start On Your Workout Planner
Getting back to working out or even starting for the first time doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With a workout planner, it’ll be easier to hold yourself accountable and remain consistent so you achieve all your fitness goals! With these easy tips to keep in mind, you should be back to exercising in no time.
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