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Creating A Workout Schedule

How to Create a Workout Schedule

Creating a workout schedule can benefit you in many ways; it does not have to be a difficult task, but can be as extravagant as you want it.  Creating a well-rounded workout schedule is the key.  You also need to set realistic weight loss goals as well as realistic workouts.  You also need to look at your current schedule to devote a realistic amount of time to work out.  If you work 10 hours a day, you are going to be less likely to put in those 3-4 hour workouts than someone working only 8.  So now that we are thinking on the right track, let’s get started.

Keep Your Workout Schedule Simple

When first starting a workout schedule, you want to keep your goals simple.  Example: “I want to lose 5 pounds in two weeks.”  This is a truly obtainable goal.  And try to keep your workouts to under an hour.  If you create a schedule saying that you are going to work out for 2 hours every day, you will burn out and quit.  Starting with 45 minutes to an hour three to four days a week will give your body plenty of time to adjust to your new schedule.

Things to Include in Your Workout Schedule

There are lots of different exercises out there.  Things to make sure you include in creating your workout schedule:

  • Variety-Your muscles need to be challenged, if you are doing the same 50 sit-ups the same way, every day, your body will not be challenged.  Add a variety by changing the type of sit-up you are doing.
  • Give your body time to rest, your body needs 48-72 hours to rest and your muscles to grow leaner.  Don’t work the same muscle set each workout, alternate body regions.  Example: do legs one day and arms the next workout.
  • Cardio can be done every day! Try putting 30-45 minutes a day of cardio in your workout schedule.
  • Vary intensities.  Make sure you have light and heavier days.  That way your body is challenged.

Keep a Workout Journal

Keeping a simple workout journal containing the type of and reps of each exercise you do will keep you honest with yourself.  It will also benefit you by showing you your workout patterns so you can add more variety. Also it can helpful to keep measurements and your weight, as this can help to motivate you as you begin to lose weight and slim down the mid-section.

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