Do you struggle to stick to your workout plans? If yes, then maybe it’s time to take a step back and try to figure out what it is that you aren’t doing well when it comes to planning your training. Do you have the tendency to leave it to the very last minute, or perhaps only hit the gym when you’re in the mood to do so?
It’s no secret that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. After all, planning ahead helps you to stay on track and monitor your progress as the weeks go by. What’s more, you’re more likely to stick to your training schedule once you’ve got it planned out properly.
Want to make the most of your training? Then make it a point to start planning your workouts! Today, Evolve Daily reveals 5 Ways To Schedule Your Workouts More Effectively:
1) Choose an activity you enjoy
Whether it’s Muay Thai, yoga or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one thing’s for sure – you have to genuinely enjoy what you’re doing. This is because training should be something fun, and not feel like a chore! Also, when you choose something you love, you’re more likely to stay motivated in the long run and of course, be willing to set aside some time to plan, as well as regularly engage in it.
2) Set realistic training goals
While it’s good to reach for the stars, it also helps to keep it real and set realistic short-term training goals which will ultimately bring you to your destination. By doing so, you’d be able to plan your workouts more effectively, and push your limits over time. For example, if you’ve been inactive for a long period of time and wish to get your fitness back on track, you wouldn’t want to force yourself to train 6 days a week right away – and risk burning out. Instead, you should start off with perhaps 2 to 3 training sessions a week and gradually increase the intensity over time, according to your progress.
3) Plan at least a week in advance
There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to how far in advance you should plan your workouts. But we believe that it’s good to plan at least a week in advance so that you wouldn’t leave it to the last minute and end up making excuses to skip training when gym time rolls around. What’s more, when training becomes a priority, you’d focus on getting your gym schedule sorted before you even proceed to plan other things. Hence, it’s important to lock in the time and days you want to train in advance.
4) Get some training buddies on board
If you find it a huge struggle to plan, then why not rope in some training buddies? Apart from keeping each other motivated on the lazy days, you’d all be able to work out a training schedule together and of course, have fun while getting in the best shape ever! Besides that, you can all set some common goals to work towards together – as well as encourage and keep tabs on each other. Psst! We believe it’s far more satisfying to celebrate together as well, after you all crush your goals!
5) Always have a backup plan, just in case
Like most things in life, sometimes it’s better to have a plan B when it comes to your training schedule. After all, you never know what could crop up randomly at work or school and eat into your training time. Having a backup plan doesn’t mean you have to be in the gym to clock in your workout. In fact, you can keep active with these strength and conditioning exercises that you can do at home, or simply go for a run! Of course, this should supplement your martial arts training rather than take over it.
Now that you’ve made it to the end of the article, you know what to do to plan your workouts more effectively! So go forth and seize the day. You got this!