Scheduling Workouts: Consistency & How to Develop

Let’s talk about consistency.

Creating a healthy lifestyle that includes exercising regularly is not as easy as it may sound. It takes effort and dedication, and a consistent change in your life.

My freshman year of college I took some time off from working out because I was finished with high school sports and no one was telling me what to do anymore, so I was lost and confused as to what I needed to be doing once I made it on my own. I tried to set a schedule to go to the gym daily, but I never knew what to do when I got there and it was exhausting to think about, so I stopped after a few weeks of that.

In August of 2017, I took my first class at CampusCycle (and I can’t believe it was seriously that long ago). I loved every second of it, and instantly bought a package so that I could come back. Instead of coming every single day right out of the gate, I made it a habit to come twice a week. I came every Monday and Thursday at 5:45 a.m. and I looked forward to it every week.

I did this for a few weeks and then I accepted an internship with CampusCycle (this little trip down memory lane is so fun) and began coming even more as I got more involved. I slowly started to get into the habit of coming 4-5 times a week, and I was doing it because I wanted to!

One of my keys to consistency is finding movement that you truly enjoy, and if you’re reading this, CampusCycle is probably that movement for you.

What I will tell you now is that you are not going to be motivated every single day to get up and move your body. But for me, I look forward to exercise every single day because it gives me time to disconnect from the world, let go of any stress, etc.

With that, the other key to my consistency is scheduling out my workouts each week. Every Sunday I get my planner out and write down everything I have going on for the week, starting with classes, work, due dates, etc. I color code everything (I’m an event planner so this may be more extreme than most) and once I have everything written down, I write in when I’m going to workout. This has helped me the most because once it’s written down, I don’t like to cancel it or cross it out (unless my body absolutely needs the rest, which is also important). I love looking at my planner at the end of the week and seeing what all I’ve accomplished!

I attached a photo of my planner below (planner is from Erin Condren) to give you an example of what this looks like for me.

-Lesa Wicks, Coach