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Kristin Booker • June 6, 2011

Weekly Wellness Planning: Six Tips To Creating A Workout Schedule That Works

I, like many of you, have those weeks where things arise. As someone who works for herself, I have demands on my time like everyone else where things pop up and getting to the gym can be more than stressful. I love how people will tell you that you “have to put yourself on your to-do list” and to “schedule an appointment with yourself every day.” Ladies and gentlemen, I know that might work for some but since neither of these really work when last minute things constantly arise, I’ve come up with some foolproof measures to make sure that I get to Core Fusion. Here are some helpful tips:

1) Try to schedule appointments near where you work out. If you work out at a gym or exercise studio, try having that coffee meeting next door at Starbucks or a nearby restaurant so you can walk to work out. If you work out at home and you’re a stay-at-home mom, most gyms have day care facilities that will watch the tykes for about an hour. There are ways to make it work.

2) Always carry your workout gear with you. For those of us who ride the subway, I suggest carrying lightweight gear in a larger tote. If you drive, always leave a set of clothes in your car. If your gym is nearby where you work, bring a week’s worth of clean workout clothing and gear to leave in your desk and seal it away. I used to work with a woman who would bring in a week’s worth of clothes on Monday and then drop all her dirty clothes off at the cleaners on the way home on Friday. She’d pick up the clean bundle on her way to work on Monday and start again fresh and clean.

3) Look for off-schedule times. I know people who get up at 5 am to make sure that they can work out with no excuses. I’ve been known to work out at strange times where I know I won’t have meetings (10 am classes are my favorite because they’re uncrowded.) If you work at night, try 24-hour workout facilities. Also, last time I checked there was no line in front on your DVD player so grab some workout DVDs and do them before work.

4) Bring your meetings to work out with you. This sounds crazy but if you’ve got a friend that’s been bugging you to get together, why not have her meet you for a spin class? I’ve brought business associates to Core Fusion for a challenging workout and then we’ll talk over iced tea afterwards. Obviously, this won’t work if you’re in an office setting but here’s what will: invite your buddies to work out before Happy Hour drinks. You won’t eat or drink as much and you’ll all look and feel better.

5) Do not give up your health for anyone. Look, I have to frequently reschedule classes some days because things get nuts but I will still GO in the same day. Once you’ve made that commitment to take care of your body, don’t let anything or anyone guilt you out of going at all. Your health and wellness is vital to your overall success. It’s the most important thing you’ll do all day.

6) Don’t set yourself up to fail. I am the master of overscheduling so this is an important lesson for me. Always leave more time than you need to get to and from things and try not to overbook yourself so you always have to cancel something. If you’ve booked back to back client meetings and then a workout, what do you think will get canceled? Schedule the workout before the client meetings and leave your evening for relaxation.

Hope these tips help you create a great schedule this week!

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