Make your Workout Routine Like an Onion
I think it was Shrek that said that people are like onions… that you have to peel back the layers to really get to know them. Maybe it was ogres that are like onions??? Anyway, I want to suggest that the best workout routine and schedule also be onion like.
When I started my journey back into regular exercise I had one focus- GET THAT WORKOUT DONE! As a mom of 5, with two breastfeeding babies at the time, I just couldn’t figure out how to get a workout in. I had picked a 25 minute program (T25) so that I could knock it out as quickly as possible but it was the timing that I just couldn’t figure out. Most of my workouts were either in front of the kids while they played or at midnight. Neither scenario was ideal but I went 13 weeks straight this way, without missing a single workout.
After a few months, or honestly, even a week or two, the newness of your exercise routine can wear off. Sometimes it takes 6-8 weeks to really see results and if you aren’t consistent that whole time you might not see what you want- making it even harder to keep your momentum.
Here’s what I want to suggest: make your workout like an onion. Hide your workout within layers of routine. Don’t treat it like a new spice you’re trying out or it might feel like overkill after a while.
On January 1 of 2016 I committed to EARLY morning workouts. Sam literally told me, “I don’t think this is a good idea. Your body doesn’t do well with early mornings and I don’t think you’re going to be able to keep up the routine.” Oh boy…. don’t dare Ashley! I mean, when I hear, “You can’t” of course I think “Oh, yes I will.” So, now I get up between 4:30am and 5am. It started out at 5am but I found I piddled for a while and I really needed to start my workout right at 5am.
This is my routine since Jan 1, 2016:
4:30: Get out of bed, wander, go pee, drink room temperature water, make and drink Energize, prepare Hydrate workout drink, get workout gear on, and set up laptop with workout (I stick to a specific program and the set calendar not only for best results but I find it is best for momentum and not skipping).
5:00am: Workout using a Beachbody at home workout program. Sometimes I use the DVDs but usually I stream it from On Demand.
- Practice and videotape my progress on my yoga pose (practicing crow at the time this was written).
5:30: Read my devotion from the day from “New Morning Mercies,” pray, and read the passage from the Bible that my church has suggest as the daily reading in our Bible app. A lot of times I stretch or sit on my exercise mat while I do this.
- Make and drink my Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
6am: Write in my daily planner the top 3 things I need to accomplish for the day. I try to do only three because usually I’m lucky if I can cross off two. I make these things the MOST important things that will move my life and business forward.
6am-8am: Work on my health coaching business. This looks different every morning. It usually includes making some posts, writing a blog (it’s 7:14am as I write), checking in with my Busy Girl Fitness Challengers, checking in with my coaching team and/or making some posts in our community groups that would be helpful to them.
8am: THE FUN BEGINS! Kids get up and…. well… the rest of the day is a big surprise. Of course we have a schedule but- the when the world and especially our crew wakes up- we never know exactly what will happen.
So… I share my schedule with you to show how it’s gone from being a sporadic workout to a catalyst to the most productive time in my whole day. Here are some very simple ways you could build some layers around your workout routine:
- Buy a cute workout outfit or new shoes that make you feel more confident when you put them on.
- Wear bright lipstick when you workout.
- Drink a pre-workout drink like Energize (this is what I suggest for clean ingredients) and electrolyte replacement like Hydrate.
- Put on a Pandora station you love or a mix you make on your phone for during, before, or after workout.
- Post a Bible memory verse somewhere where you’ll see it first thing and memorize it as you get ready for your workout.
- Stretch 5 minutes after your workout
- Reward yourself with Shakeology or a healthy clean snack afterwards
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