Good Tuesday Afternoon to ya’! 🙂
I was up bright and early at 5:30AM to get in a cardio workout before I headed off to work. I actually woke up easily and had a lot of energy for it being so early. I must have slept well!
I opted for cardio at home versus a workout at my workplace today. Something about being at work for an extra hour just didn’t sound appealing, so I opted for some extra time at the home front!
This brings me to my topic today: Lack of a workout schedule.
Lately (well all year really), I’ve been doing my own thang’ in the gym. I don’t have a set plan. I don’t have a workout routine that I follow religiously. And to be honest, I don’t have a specific goal other than to maintain my current fitness level and to exercise most days of the week. This can mean lifting weights, teaching Turbo Kick, using my elliptical and walking my dogs. I count all of these towards my own exercise quota for the week.
In the past, I’ve followed stricter workout plans (especially when I wanted to do a Figure Competition) as I had goals of gaining muscle mass and eventually “getting lean”.
But these days, I am over that phase in my life. Sure, a goal of gaining muscle and strength is great, but I got burnt out on thinking that is the only way to be in shape. I don’t have to lift “heavy” all of the time and I don’t have to run 5 miles a day (I also used to do this back in college!) to enjoy the benefits of exercise. I can simply wake up and choose what I want to do that day, as long as I remain active. This has been my philosophy as of late.
I love to exercise and it’s truly a part of who I am. I can’t imagine not doing it and I don’t even remember a time when it was a true struggle for me to exercise. It’s just who I am!
However, when I make strict plans, that’s when it can become somewhat of a ‘task’ rather than something I do for fun. And exercising for fun is the main reason I do it (plus I feel great when I do!)
Exercise goals are great and can be beneficial. But I don’t think they are needed all of the time as long as you have the drive to keep yourself motivated to exercise. I know when I am working hard and I know how to push myself. But some people need goals and a plan to help keep them accountable and to keep them motivated (which is great too! We are each unique).
For now, my lack of a workout schedule is working just fine and I’m enjoying going with the flow.
Are you following a workout plan right now or just going with the flow?