Always Be Prepared ... To Work Out
Updated: Apr 18
This is a post I shared in one of my online exercise support groups - straight talk from me, your friendly neighbourhood instructor/trainer/coach:).
Today’s #tuesdaytip is about PREPARATION!!
Not only the motto for the Scouts, “Always Be Prepared” totally applies to success at exercising consistently.
My friends laugh at me for having “Trunk Shoes” but I’m always ready for any type of workout HAHA! Also in my trunk is a drawstring bag of exercise clothes and several reusable water bottles because I friggin lose them all the time ... but that’s for another post😂.
Listen, you don’t have to have a car with tons of crap to be prepared for working out. No point, if you don’t even have an idea of what activity you are going to do.
You need to prepare by planning your week of exercise out first before you worry about shoes and clothes. Meal planning comes next. That’s tomorrow’s post🤗!
I plan morning, lunch and evening activities everyday. Am I going to do them all?
Heck no but I always get one done; if I get more than one done or all three I’m a Fitness All-Star and pretty much feel like the best ever!!
Ok so I’m all about having a Plan A, B AND C when it comes to most things but totally for planning workouts because life happens! People also use life as an excuse when exercise and activity have been shown to improve almost every single thing/situation that life throws at us. So yeah when a client or participant tells me they just couldn’t find the time .... insert judging face here lol.
If it helps [I say to them], here’s a typical daily plan for me, manageable, reasonable and enjoyable is the goal. If it doesn’t fit into my current life schedule, I won’t do it. If I don’t like the activity, I won’t do it.
Michelle’s Daily Workout Schedule for Flexibility
(because I'm not getting any younger LOL)
☀️Morning (before work) - Home Workout usually Sun Salutation or some type of flexibility workout for 10-20 minutes tops.
I wake up early and just crank it out right beside my bed! If husband is home I just go to the living room. No excuses. I’ve even been known to bust out some tai chi in the kitchen while I wait for the kettle to boil😉!
Lunch (during work) - if not teaching a class, I am fortunate to have fitness facility and areas onsite at my job. We have 20- 30 minute classs (LIVE and Virtual) and I also always try to plan a walk on my lunch as Plan B.
🌛Evening (after work) - Exercising in the evening is my jam! I find it the easiest time to work out but also the easiest time to bail if the opportunity rises.
Hey if it’s been a long day and I’m tired ... I’m only human y’all lol.
Anyway, luckily that’s when I teach most of my classes so I’m able to stay on track and can do my own workout either before or after my class.
Not going to lie though, if I have a rare evening with no classes to teach and it’s been one of those long, tiring days that I mentioned, a guided workout is absolutely crucial [for me] for my success at consistently working out.
I absolutely need the help.
I’m not a solitary exerciser, I need to move with others. So if I can’t get to the gym in time for a class, a video of my favourite workout either playing in my iPod at the gym or home and then I just go to town!
So I want you to do this right now:
✅Create your 7 Day Workout Plan (yes include the weekend) with 3 opportunities each day to be active with targeted exercise.
✅Be specific with your goal/heading (General Health, Flexibility, Strength, Wright Loss).
✅Email your plan to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
✅COMMENT BELOW your plan for TODAY so others in the group can see (a)for accountability and (b) support💜.
Happy Tuesday Everyone!
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