How to Create a Home Workout Plan

When you decide you’d like to work out at home, it’s important to set up a solid, detailed plan to follow each day so you don’t go off track.  However, a home workout plan is NOT just a hastily scribbled entry on your calendar that says “exercise”!

For best results, you want a home workout plan that is detailed enough to include these three things:

1) Which Times?

Which time of day is best for you?  Are you a morning person and have no trouble getting up early to work out, or is the snooze button on the alarm clock your best friend?  It’s important to designate a specific time of day that you will work out, and stick to it each day.  You can choose different times if your schedule fluctuates, but be sure to plan ahead from week to week so you can see clearly which times you will be working out.

2) Which Days?

A successful home workout plan should also designate which days of the week you will be working out.  Most people choose 5 to 6 days a week and take 1 or 2 days off.  But don’t leave this to your daily whims because it’s too easy to take more days off than you should.  Think ahead and make a firm decision on which days you want to work out and which days you want to take off.  And stick to it like glue, barring extreme emergencies or sickness.

3) Which Exercises?

Finally, a home workout plan needs to specify which exercises you will do on which days of the week, and at which times, if applicable.  For example, don’t just have a vague idea that you’ll be doing cardio some days and resistance training other days.  You need to plan ahead which days will be designated as cardio days, and which days will be designated as resistance training days.  Or if you plan to do both each day, you should specify which areas of the body you’ll target on each day.  A general example might be:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, and 30 minutes of resistance training for the lower body; and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 30 minutes of aerobic exercise and 30 minutes of resistance training for the upper body.

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Creating a home workout plan is really easy when you do the preparation.

Creating such a detailed home workout plan may seem like overkill, but it’s important to make your daily workout schedule a “no brainer” so there is no confusion or uncertainty.  If you know exactly what you’ll be doing and when, you are much more likely to actually do it.

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