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No Eye Rolling at Exercise Resolutions Moms!

It has been five months.  Five of the best months ever.  Five of the most life-changing months ever.  Five months of being the least active I have probably ever been.  New year.  Fresh start.

I must admit, I love resolutions!  I prefer to call them goals.  I love writing them down in my vision book so I can see them everyday.  More than that, I love looking back after the year has gone by and seeing my accomplishments.  With that being said, I will set my exercise goals for the new year and with as much dedication as I can muster, I will try my best to stick with it.

I know most avoid resolutions because of years of failing to successfully accomplish them, but there are a few ways to come out on top this year for reaching your exercise goals.  Check out this way easy to come up with your plan of action:

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Grab a sheet of paper.  Make 2 columns.

Column 1: days of week           Column 2: time available to workout on this day…pick

                                                        Times when you feel good and that makes sense

(my example)

Monday                                        anytime between 10:30am and 2:30pm

Tuesday                                        4-5pm

Wednesday                                   10:30-12:30

Thursday                                       6-7pm

Friday                                            11-12:30pm

Saturday                                        2-3pm

Sunday                                          11-12pm

Then make a list of different exercises you would like to incorporate in to your week.  Be realistic. 

My example list:

Pilates

Yoga

Running

Tennis

Weight Training

Barre

Go back to your two columns and beside each time slot, write down the type of exercise you can do during that time.  If you can’t find a day to do one of the exercises, take it off the list and after a few months see if you can add it in.

(example)

Column 1: days of week           Column 2: time available to workout on this day

Monday                                        anytime between 10:30am and 2:30pm RUNNING

Tuesday                                        4-5pm  WEIGHT TRAINING

Wednesday                                   10:30-12:30  YOGA AND RUNNING

Thursday                                       6-7pm  TENNIS

Friday                                            11-12:30pm  BARRE CLASS

Saturday                                        2-3pm  PILATES

Sunday                                          11-12pm  RUNNING

NOW…figure out where you will do each activity.  Be specific.  This may take some time if you are participating in classes at a gym or studio.  Take the time though, it will pay off in the long run.  Once you figure it out, write the location of each activity.

(example)

Column 1: days of week           Column 2: time available to workout on this day

Monday                                        anytime between 10:30am and 2:30pm RUNNING (neighborhood)

Tuesday                                        4-5pm  WEIGHT TRAINING (trainer’s house)

Wednesday                                   10:30-12:30  YOGA AND RUNNING (studio and neighborhood)

Thursday                                       6-7pm  TENNIS (tennis club)

Friday                                            11-12:30pm  BARRE CLASS (gym)

Saturday                                        2-3pm  PILATES (studio)

Sunday                                          11-12pm  RUNNING (neighborhood)

LAST…place this list somewhere you will see every day!!!!  Change it as the year goes on and as the seasons change.  You are not perfect so don’t feel defeated if you miss a few workouts the very first week. (that’s right…some of you will!)  Move on and keep at it.  This is your year to become more fit…or in my case, more fit than I have been since having baby girl five months ago

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