Calendar Your Way To A Better Fitness Workout Program

Using a calendar system in your fitness program will not only help you stay focused and motivated, but it is also a valuable evaluation tool.

A calendar system can be very helpful if you find yourself struggling with your fitness program or you want to start a program but do not know where to begin. By implementing a calendar system, you will stay focused and motivated. You will also have a tool to evaluate your progress as well as your program's strengths and weaknesses. It only takes a few minutes a day, and the benefits are immense.

The first step is to establish what your goals are and the timeframe in which you want to achieve them. For instance, a goal might be to lose 10 pounds in 6 weeks. In pencil, write down your goal six weeks from your start date. If your goal is a major change, break it down into smaller goals. This will help you stay motivated by reaching goals every few weeks. It will also make the major goal seem more attainable. It is important that you write your goals in pencil in case you need to revise them. Your calendar should be as neat as possible, so try to avoid scratching out penned in entries. Further, nothing is etched in stone. You should feel motivated by your calendar, not pressured. You may find that a goal you have set for yourself is unreasonable or outside circumstances make it unattainable. Simply change it and move on.

Next, schedule your exercise time. As life changes quickly, you may need to do this at the beginning of each week. Write down when you are to exercise and what you will be doing. It is important to know when you will be exercising. If your workout time is not specified, you will be tempted to keep putting it off, until finally it is bedtime. People make appointments to do important things, like go to the doctor, meet with a colleague, or catch a flight. Exercising needs to be important enough to schedule, so you are not tempted to put it off in order to make time for other things. Make sure you schedule enough time for your exercise. Do not expect to be able to get to the gym, run on the treadmill for 30 minutes, and get back to the office in 45 minutes unless you work right next to the gym. After completing your workout, write down what you actually completed underneath your initial entry. For example:

June 1 - 3:00pm - jog 20 minutes, upper body weights

3:00pm - jogged 20 minutes, upper body weights

This is very important, as it will assist you in evaluating the effectiveness of your scheduling and your exercise program. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment by visually displaying your efforts. However, if you miss a workout, note that also. It keeps you connected to your program even though you did not workout that day.

If you are also keeping track of your weight or measurements, choose a weigh in or measurement day and write down your goals. Then, write down what your actual weight and/or measurements are under your goal entry. Further, you can also keep track of your daily dietary intake. This entry can be as basic or as thorough as you need. You can choose to simply write down the amount of calories and fat grams in your meals, or you can start a dietary diary where you write down everything you eat and its nutrition values. If you write down what you are eating while you are eating it, your entries will only take a minute and become second nature. It can also make you think twice about having that snack if you know there will be written evidence of it.

Your calendar system is set up so that at-a-glance, you will be able to evaluate not only your performance, but also your fitness program's performance. After a few weeks, you can see if you are keeping your exercise appointments and if you are completing your scheduled workouts. You can also see how well you are progressing toward your goals. This information is crucial when evaluating your goals and the timeframes. You may find that you need to revise your timeframes. Do not be afraid to do this. Your calendar is written in pencil for this reason. If you find that you have reached your goal a week or two early, revise your schedule and move on. On the other hand, if you have over extended yourself and you are nowhere near your goal, break it down a bit and rework your scheduling. The calendar is a constantly evolving thing, just as you are. As you keep up with it, you will learn about your body and how to read it. You will get better at determining what you can do and how fast you can do it. The most important thing is to make realistic goals. If your program is unpleasant, you will not continue with it. So, do not set yourself up to fail by being too hard on yourself. Just be as balanced as possible by keeping yourself challenged, but not beaten.

If you find that you are not reaching your goals or that you are not completing your workouts, your program may be the problem. Your calendar system will help you evaluate what is not working. If you are not losing weight fast enough, look at the exercise you are doing and see if you need to add more cardiovascular work to your program. Further, if you are not exercising on a regular basis, you may not be scheduling your program to fit into your life. For example, if on a daily basis you find that you are too tired to exercise, schedule your workouts for a different time of day. Morning people should exercise in the morning, not at 10 o'clock at night. You should exercise when your energy level is high. You occasionally might be able to push yourself to workout when you are tired, but that will not work for very long. If you are bored with your exercise or have reached a plateau, then change what type of exercise you are doing. It is important to evaluate yourself and your program regularly. Keep it fresh and keep it interesting. Do not look at set backs as failures. They are learning tools. Just evaluate what the problem is and fix it.

Motivation is the key to achieving any goal. Your calendar system will help you stay motivated. As it is a visual thing, you will have tangible evidence of your work and your goals. Your calendar also makes you accountable. It is easy to push aside and rationalize slacking off in one's mind. However, when it is in black and white in front of you, it is not so easy to rationalize it. You will be motivated to get back on track. You are in control. That is very satisfying and motivating.

Using a calendar system in your fitness program will not only help you stay focused and centered, but it is also a valuable tool. You can follow your progress and make any needed changes to your goals. You can also evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your program and your scheduling. Finally, it will help you stay motivated and on track. A little bit of effort can lead to a world of benefits.

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