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Setting the Alarm for Success: 3 Reasons to Follow a Workout Schedule

Setting the Alarm for Success: 3 Reasons to Follow a Workout Schedule

"It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently.” ― Anthony Robbins

Shhh … planning ahead is a secret of successful people, proven through the ages by leaders like Jack Dorsey, Barack Obama, and even Benjamin Franklin. Creating a schedule (and sticking to it) is like building a road straight to your goals, and making time for fitness is no exception. Here are three reasons why following a workout schedule can help you get the results you want:

Bye-bye excuses; hello consistency!

When your day is scheduled, you maximize productive time by focusing on the tasks at hand and minimize the in-between time that can suck you into less productive activity. Lack of scheduling can lead to having to prioritize based on deadlines, and exercise (often viewed as a leisure time activity) can be the first thing to go when push comes to shove.  

Scheduling your workout is just as important as scheduling a meeting - you need movement for energy, brain function, good sleep, and more. Plus, you are less likely to make excuses when you’ve designated a time in your schedule to show up for yourself. You can even pencil it in during your 

"biological prime time,” the point during the day when you feel most energized, focused, and productive. Determine when this is for you and give it a try!

It takes the guesswork out of efficient, effective training.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that healthy adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity), and two strength-training sessions per week. Scheduling makes it easy to plan a balance of cardio, strength, flexibility, and mindfulness in your week. Sound overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be! MYX makes it easy with the "Schedule Your Workout” feature that syncs easily with your smart calendar and a wide variety of workout content that fits the bill. A few minutes of planning at the beginning of the week can set you up for days in advance!

Self-confidence leads to bigger goals

Aside from benefits like disease prevention and bone health, regular exercise can make you happier, improve mental clarity, and even boost your libido. Scheduling your workouts will up your chances of getting into a routine, charge your positive outlook, and leave you feeling empowered! The more you show up for yourself, the more confidence you’ll gain, and this confidence may just inspire you to set bigger personal goals.

Still feeling a little overwhelmed? It’s okay- just start small. Try scheduling something attainable first to build your confidence- maybe a 10-minute movement break a few times a week. From there you can expand- your goals are waiting to meet you! 

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