Are you able to keep your exercise options open? Do you have enough in your repertoire to be able to switch it up and still feel you have fulfilled your goal for the day?
When you think about your workouts can they be broken down into parts? If you have a limit on your time that doesn’t match the workout, can you select segments of the workout and still perform them safely and effectively?
When choosing to exercise, having options will increase your success at getting it done. Here is my routine from the past week:
Exercise evolution update
I probably spent the last 2 weeks just winging it with very loose structures in place to keep me on track.
Monday: 25 minute walk to and from work only(M-F)
Tuesday: run intervals of 10 minutes interspersed with knee and ankle stretch and strengthening
Wednesday: bike 20 minutes followed by body weight exercises 20 minutes
Thursday: run intervals of 5 to 7 minutes interspersed with knee and ankle stretch and strength with alternate equipment
Friday: I can’t remember. I just did whatever but with intention.
Saturday: online HIIT class
Sunday: Essentrics group class
If you are really not sure where to start begin with warming up. Warming up is the preparatory phase that gets the blood circulating,
What do you do for a warm up? Usually it is something simple, easily attained and does not necessarily require a high skill level. Components of a future workout with the movement simplified and at a lower intensity may do the trick. It may be something that is repetitive like a bike, treadmill, brisk walk or a light jog. It could be done on the spot with progressively larger or faster movements.
Pick something that doesn’t hurt or feel stressful and for the length of time that you like. You can use a song as a point of inspiration.
Keeping your options open
Be spontaneous. If you are wondering it you should exercise, remember you have options. If you don’t think you have many to choose from, do a little research or consult with a professional. Expand your repertoire so you don’t feel stuck and change your mind before you even get changed. Let’s go!