While I spend a good chunk of my time planning exercises for people, thinking about balancing cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility, I know that ultimately the best exercise is the exercise that gets done. I can plan the perfect workout, but if I don’t do it, it doesn’t help.
When my clients are with me, they do what I plan. The rest of their lives, they are on their own and have to make positive fitness choices All By Themselves, just like we all do.
As an impatient person, I complain about tracking things. It takes too long to write stuff down. (I am waiting for the Fitbit Psychic, which will just know what I eat and do and everything without me having to do anything…) However, when I do track what I do, I learn to make better choices.
I make a plan every week. The first part of making the plan is looking at last week’s results and seeing how I did. If I set my goal too low, I know I need to kick it up a little. If I didn’t do half of what I planned, I need to figure out whether I was overly optimistic about what was possible or just lazy or some combination.
Maybe a pattern emerges. Maybe it turns out that 5:30 a.m. spin just doesn’t work right now. Maybe that lunchtime workout does the trick.
The workout we do is better than the perfect workout we avoid.