I don’t know about you, but I love crossing things off a to-do list. I’ve even added a task to a list after it was already done just for the satisfaction of scratching it off the list.
Fitness is one area where having a to-do list becomes especially important. Working out is a daily or almost daily commitment. If your workout routine doesn’t make its way on to a list (either a check-it-off to-do list or a weekly calendar of some sort), those workouts can be too easily cast aside or forgotten.
The way I see it, if you know what to write on your to-do list for fitness, you’re half way to building a successful workout routine. Getting started or staying on track with fitness means putting it on your radar every day or almost every day.
Keeping Fitness on Your Radar
Take a step back and figure out what your big-picture workout routine looks like, or might look like if you’re just getting started with fitness. For example, how are you going to make all your daily workouts fit into one cohesive program that you enjoy and that leads you to specific goals?
Will you do it on your own, or with a pre-set program? Some people like structure to their workout routines, including being told exactly what workout to do from day to day. That’s one reason why popular fitness programs like the Insanity workout do so well.
With workouts like Insanity, there’s something specific going on every day. Insanity and other similar workouts make it easy to follow along toward your end goal, whatever that might be for you – weight loss, stronger muscles, defined abs, etc. The Insanity style workout routine is easy to add to (and check off) a to-do list because the details are all laid out for you.
But what if you’re not the Insanity type? Maybe your workout routine has less structure to it. If so, you’ll need to take an additional step to get into the groove of crossing fitness off your daily to-do list.
Get Specific with your Workout Routine
You can’t check anything off a list as being done unless you know what it is you’re hoping to accomplish, right? So writing “workout” onto a list or into your smart phone’s calendar is too “loose” of a commitment. What’s the “workout”?
Perhaps you’re the gym routine type – you’re all about yoga or fitness classes, weight stacks and treadmills. Fine. Now you know that crossing exercise off your list might involve going to a morning yoga class or doing a full-body weight workout. Weave descriptions of each day’s gym routine into your to-do list so you know what you need to accomplish before you even get there.
If you’re more into outdoor fitness, you’ll need to narrow down your focus to what outdoor workout you’ll do each day – a hike, bike ride, boot camp, Lolë meet-up, etc. Figuring that out will help you put together a workout routine that looks good on paper (or crossed off a list).
Being descriptive with your daily fitness to-do’s can help make your workout routine become more established and long-term. Break down fitness into daily plans. Write each day’s plan on your list. Do it. Check it off. Repeat!