workout schedule

Schedule all of your workouts in advance. This creates structure for your fitness plan and prevents you from prioritizing other things over fitness. You can use a simple paper calendar to schedule your workouts, or if you prefer, use your iPhone, Blackberry, or Outlook calendar…whatever works best for you. Put this schedule in a place that is noticeable or easy to access. Write it in a daily planner, or tape it on a mirror that you use every day.

If you don’t commit to a workout and write it down, you may be dooming yourself to not reaching the goals you’ve set. We’re pretty good at scheduling when to wake up, when to go to bed, what time to eat, and when to watch our favorite shows, but for some reason we don’t apply that same discipline to scheduling our workouts. The “I’ll fit it in when I have spare time” philosophy just doesn’t work. You can’t create the healthy, fit life you want if you wing it. Soon, what was supposed to be Monday’s workout becomes Tuesday’s. Now Tuesday is on Wednesday and before you know it, it’s Friday and you’ve barely worked out all week.

It’s as simple as this: If you don’t plan your workout, you probably won’t do it. When you schedule your workouts in advance, your chances of success will skyrocket. That said, sometimes life intervenes and it becomes impossible to sustain or maintain your “perfect plan”. Don’t beat yourself up about it. You can’t control everything. It’s okay to miss a workout every once in a while. It doesn’t erase all the hard work you’ve accomplished up until now or mean that you have to start over. Just pick up where you left off when you are able to. You will probably notice the difference between a missed workout or two and a missed week or two. If you miss one workout once in a while, you lose nothing. The extra day off can even do your body good. But if you miss a week or more, it will take you at least that long to get back to where you left off. The more you plan and prepare, the better results you’ll get.

About the Author

Christopher Kazda is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Chiropractic Technician at New Beginnings Chiropractic, 1861 Business Hwy 18/151, Mount Horeb, WI 53572. He is available Monday through Saturday to help you reach your fitness goals.

Please call 715-302-2153 or 608-437-9990, email at, or visit, for more information or to schedule an appointment.