One of the greatest challenges for busy women is to have CONSISTISTENCY with their exercise program. I frequently have women tell me, “I can’t stick with anything.”
If you can relate, have you ever given much thought as to WHY?
I have discovered the reason is that most women have not found an exercise program that works for their schedule and the demands of their life? Therefore when the demands of life happen, their workouts become hit or miss (inconsistent) or they quit all together. Think about it. When starting an exercise program, do you assess your schedule to see how much time you have and what exercise program you need to meet your personal fitness goals? Are you doing the right type of workout whether it is for weight loss, muscle tone or flexibility?
Take for example my client, Lisa. She was attempting to do one hour of cardio exercise Monday–Friday at her local gym. To increase her metabolism and muscle tone, she planned to add one strength training workout a week, but often struggled to get it done. She was unmotivated, bored and under the impression that she her strength training would take her over an hour each week. She felt stuck and wondered how to make it work. With her work load and travel approximately three days a week, she found it challenging to stick with that program.
By assessing her schedule, we were able to create a new work out that fit her lifestyle and met her fitness goals.
- Because her time was limited Monday-Friday, we developed a cardiovascular work out that can be done in less than an hour with intensity that is challenging for her and can be done, when traveling, at most hotel gyms. Instead of giving up all together because her time is limited, she was able to see that she can still burn the same amount of calories in a shorter amount of time if working properly.
- She is no longer bored and has overcome her misconception that weight training is slow and takes a long time. She now has a 30 minute strength training workout that she can do at her the gym at her office or at her hotel gym. Her program motivates her because she is moving quickly, which eliminates boredom and with a new intensity, she is seeing results in her muscle tone.
Lisa struggled to be consistent with her program of one hour of cardio exercise Monday-Friday and one day of strength training a week. Her new program is 3-4 days a week of 30-45 minutes of cardio and one day of 30 minutes strength training work out. It is not only quick for her busy life, but at an intensity that allows her to meet her fitness goals.
She now has a fitness program that fits her schedule and motivates her because she it is one that will give her CONSISTENCY.
Lisa’s solution may not be your solution. But that is the whole point of a personal fitness design. We are all unique women with different challenges, busy lifestyles and goals. There is not one program that fits all women. To be consistent, you need to find what works for your personal schedule. If you are stuck, unsure of what to do and feel like consistency is a challenge, I would love to help you with a free telephone consultation. Please email me at Crystal@yourfitnessdesigner.com and place consultation in the subject line to set up a time.