Making Room in Your Schedule for ExerciseIf you haven’t worked out in a while, you are going to have to establish an exercise routine. If you are going to be serious about getting back in shape, you have to develop and follow a steady plan that allows you to do so.

You must prioritize exercise, develop a plan and stick to that plan.

Examine your current schedule as if you were setting up an exercise routine for someone else. Look at your day-to-day routine through an objective lens. Ask yourself the following questions.

Are there things you are doing right now which take up time in your life that are unnecessary?

What actions and activities are you involved in that are unhealthy?

How many hours of television you watch each week?

Could you trade happy hour with your friends after work 3 times a week for exercise?

Do you really need to drive to work if you live within walking distance?

Can you go to sleep an hour earlier each night, and use the extra hour for exercise in the morning?

These questions will help you develop a mindset which identifies 30 minute and 1 hour blocks in your life which you can use to exercise. (Don’t forget, you should work out and target different muscle groups and parts of your body on successive days whenever possible. For example, Monday, Wednesday, Friday could be upper body work, with Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday focusing on your lower body.)

Whatever schedule you come up with, stick to it for a minimum of 30 days. Make exercise and physical fitness a top priority in your life. Squeeze it in wherever you can, develop and follow a plan religiously, and you will begin to see the results you are looking for.