Each mom wants to know the same thing - "do I really need a diet plan AND an exercise plan?" I wish I had a different answer but my experience is that you need both to achieve your weight loss and fitness goals. I shared my eating plan with you last week so today I'm sharing my exercise plan.
Why do I need an exercise plan?
I'm a dieter. If given a choice between exercising 3 times a week or going without dessert for 3 weeks, I'm saying so long to the cheese cake! Dieting gives me a small degree of success. The numbers on the scale move down but I am still flabby, breathless when I play with my children, and exhausted all of the time. I don't like that feeling.
So, I put aside my natural inclination to avoid sweating and work out for twenty minutes 3-4 times a week. That's all it takes for my energy level to increase, my "muffin top" to decrease, and me to feel strong.
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How to make an exercise plan?
I answered several questions as I made my exercise plan:
- What time of day works best for me to exercise?
- How can I rearrange my schedule to fit in exercise?
- What kind of exercise do I enjoy/will I do?
- Where is the best place for my abilities, amount of time, and time of day availability?
- How much money do I have for classes, equipment or a trainer?
- Who can I ask to join me?
What is my exercise plan?
My current plan is pretty simple - workout 3-4 times a week in the afternoon using 30 Day Shred or a Biggest Loser workout DVD. I pop the DVD in after all my kids are in bed for nap/rest time. This keeps them from distracting me and is a time we are usually at home.
An exercise plan has become an invaluable tool to reaching my weight loss and fitness goals. I don't think I could lose 10 pounds and 1 pants size in 6 weeks without it!
Are you a dieter or exerciser? What's on your exercise plan?
Read the other posts in this series: 10 Steps to Get Fit, Set Fitness Goals, How to Fail Proof Your Weight Loss, Get Fit and Eat Pancakes Too!.