Hi friends! Happy Thursday.
Hope your week is going well!
Today I wanted to share my weekly workout schedule. A lot of times on Instagram people will say things like: how the heck do you fit everything in?! I wish I was as dedicated as you! You are super mom.
While those things are very sweet, I want to assure you that you can fit working out into your life. It takes a little bit of planning, trial and error, flexibility, and dedication. I wanted to share my workout schedule and how I’m able to stick to it.
- The PLAN: Workout 5 days a week. Typically I aim for 2 upper body days, 2 lower body days, and 1 steady state cardio day. This is what a week might look like: Saturday: Lower Body. Sunday: Upper body. Monday: Lower body. Tuesday: Work day/off. Wednesday: Work day/off. Thursday: Work day/Upper body. Friday: Cardio. The days actually vary each week, but I’ll share more about how I decide on them below.
- THE MOST KEY ELEMENT. My friend Amanda (absolutely love her blog and she is the sweetest) is struggling to get to bed early. Ya’ll know how I feel about sleep. I told her that one of my keys to life (not being dramatic) is going to bed at 9:30pm on weeknights. And if I’m honest, I really don’t go to bed too much later on the weekends since we have the cutest little human alarm clock that doesn’t care if it is the weekend. It is with very rare exception that I would stay up past 9:30. WHY? Because getting 8+ hours of sleep is going to make everything else in my day SO much easier including the big things like working out and being nice/patient with people.
- Weekend workout warrior. Since becoming a mama I’ve had to make a lot of adjustments. One of them is utilizing both Saturday and Sunday to workout. Why? Because if I work out on both of those days, I only need to fit in THREE weekday workouts. This is KEY because our weekdays are a lot more full. This means I only have to workout on 1 day that I work (I work three 8 hour shifts) and I can easily workout on my off days. Drew is home on the weekend, so he is happy to take care of Maxwell while I get in some mama gym time.
- Morning workouts. As I mentioned in the last blog, morning workouts have become second nature. It works SO much easier for Drew and I if we can both get to the gym on my off days in the morning (Drew does all his workouts in the morning). I feel more motivated and inspired when I’m at the gym vs. the basement PLUS I have heavier weights and more equipment at my disposal. It is totally worth getting my booty out of bed 1 hour and 15 minutes earlier than I need to (Max wakes around 7am).
- Flexibility. I had a long day at work yesterday. I just made the transition off of orientation and I’m caring for my own set of patients. Anyway, I just felt like…man, I could use a workout to relieve some of this stress right now. PLUS if I worked out at night, I wouldn’t have to workout the next morning. Giving myself a little flexibility during the week to swap out a night workout for the early bird special allows me to feel in control of the week. I try very hard not to just “skip” a workout, but an adjustment here or there is warranted in this full mama life.
- Find your groove. It took a while for me to figure out the best way to get my workouts in with new mamahood. But, once I did…I ran with it. Once you find what works for you, stick to it until it becomes habit. As I’ve mentioned, I’m relatively new to the morning workout routine and I went from sort of disliking it to absolutely loving it. It is now habit and way easier than it used to be.
- Dedication. See Tuesday’s post. Of course there are times that I don’t feel like working out. But I’ve also mastered talking myself into it. I know the reasons I do it: to be healthy, to be less stressed, to be happy, to be confident, to be kind, to be a mama that can run around with her babies….are all worthwhile reasons to workout. SO if I don’t feel like it, I tell myself I’ll be so much happier if I just do it and go before the lazy side starts arguing again 😉
- Get rid of the huge time suckers. If you are watching a lot of television, or you get stuck scrolling Instagram instead of going to sleep…try to scale back on those time suckers. They very well might be a reason you are feeling short on workout or sleep time. When I’m on Instagram at night, I’ll give myself a 10 minute time limit and then put my phone down. It has become a really good habit to still enjoy it, but also unplug in time to get rest.
- Everything will get done. Alright, maybe that is a glass half full statement. But this post is a great example. After work yesterday I had absolutely nothing written to post this morning. I still decided, I’m going to go workout and then I’ll start it. I gave myself a time limit: Okay, you have from 8pm to 9pm to write a blog and shower. Whatever you don’t finish on the post, you can finish tomorrow morning before work. I don’t get myself overly stressed and I certainly don’t stay up late to finish what can be done during my normal awake hours.
Happy (almost) weekend my friends! Maybe move your booty this weekend?!