Fitting exercise into a busy schedule can be a daunting task. You want to lose weight, but you can’t find the time or energy to set aside for a workout. Approaching exercise on a day-to-day basis like this leaves you more prone to skipping your workout and makes your whole routine more stressful than it needs to be. Avoid this daily struggle by creating an exercise schedule and sticking to it.
Why Create an Exercise Schedule?
Procrastination is the most common reason people fail to meet their fitness goals. If you didn’t have schedules in your life, how much do you think you would accomplish? Important tasks require a commitment of time — and your fitness is important. When you create an exercise schedule, you set aside the time that you need and you commit to meeting your fitness goals.
How Much Exercise Do You Need?
Your own personal fitness goals determine how much exercise you need; the important thing is that you start with a short, manageable routine and gradually scale up as needed. An optimal exercise schedule includes a balance of strength training, aerobic exercises, and rest. Start with 20-minute sessions of aerobic exercise, five days a week, and 20-minute sessions of strength training, three times a week. Leave at least two days for rest, preferably two or three days apart.
What Is the Best Time of Day to Exercise?
There is no particular time of the day that is any more or less beneficial for exercising, though everyone has their own preferences. When creating your schedule, take into consideration all of your obligations – work, school, family life. Determine what time of day you are most motivated and available to exercise. Make sure you don’t miss any of your workouts by adding your exercise schedule to a calendar or fitness tracking application that can provide alerts when it’s time to exercise.
How Quickly Can You Lose Weight?
While exercising regularly has near-immediate effects on your energy levels and stamina, noticeable weight loss takes time. Twenty-minute sessions burn, on average, 100 to 200 calories each. Build up to a routine that burns 500 calories a day – about 60 minutes of moderate exercise – for one pound of fat-loss per week. Supplement the exercise with a lower calorie diet to increase your rate of weight-loss.
Committing to a regular exercise routine can be a struggle at first, but as you stick to your schedule, it becomes easier and more rewarding each day. Take the time now to plan your exercise schedule and you will thank yourself later.