Sunday, January 6, 2013

How I Plan My Workouts

Since this year's word is focus, I thought I'd share with you how I keep my focus on my workouts!  It's a super simple method, and it works great for me!  Basically, I just use a blank calendar.  I printed mine for free from TomKat Studio.

At the beginning of the week, I sit down and sketch out my workout plans for that week (and sometimes the next as well).  The top B&W calendar in the picture is a training calendar my friend Liz gave me to prep for the half marathon we're running in March.
So, I sit down and I look at what I have scheduled each week, along with what runs I have to complete and what strength/other workouts I want to get in.  I write them in on the calendar so I can plan my rest days out, and I don't end up doing my long run right after a day of really hard strength training or something.

Here's my December calendar:
I cross off each day as I complete it, and I do erase and write in what I actually did if my plans change for some reason. 
I like this method for a few reasons.  It's free (yay!), it's visual (I'm a visual learner), and it helps me make exercise a priority in my life.  Like I've said about planning my meals, planning my workouts takes a lot of the thinking out of it.  There's less chance for questioning and it makes it more automatic.
It's a simple trick that works for me!

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