Let me guess, this is not the first article you’ve read about starting (or restarting) your fitness journey. Or the second…or the third. Dare I say fourth? I can’t say I blame you.

No doubt, we all lead very busy lives, whether you’re a CEO of some big fancy company or a stay at home mom pinning DIY crafts on Pinterest. It just seems like no matter how many posts we read or videos we watch or advice we’re given, we cannot seem to get off our asses and squeeze in a 30-40 minute workout.

Why is that? Before you bombard me with your excuses, scroll down to read what you can do to set up the perfect workout regime and take the steps you need to get off that couch and get moving!

We all know how difficult it is to start out. But train your mind to really think of this as a long-term goal.

Even though many factors (age, weight, biology, etc) apply when you’re deciding on a goal, it really does not have to be that complicated.

Do not let the fitness industry intimidate you with their crazy supplements/pills/plans and unrealistic body images.

Fitness is not and was never meant to be complicated. If anything, it will better your life and have you wondering why you did not start sooner. So, let’s get started!

1.      Determine your goal!

This applies to everything in life, really. What is your goal? Do you want to lose fat, build endurance, gain muscle, or do you simply enjoy that chemical reaction your body undergoes that makes you feel like you’re on top of the world?

Or maybe you don’t even know what you want.

In this case, Google is your buddy because knowing what your goal is will motivate you to keep grinding and always be there as a reminder as to why you began in the first place.

2.      Free your schedule!

You need to commit time. I mean I get it; you’re exhausted from your 9-5 job. Or in my case, you are burnt out from the cooking and cleaning and feeding and the round the clock diaper changing. But what if I told you that you do not need an expensive gym membership? Or 2 hours of intensive exercising? Nope.

All you need is a YouTube fitness channel (FitnessBlender, Jessica Smith, BodyRock) and half an hour of free time.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been proven to be one of the most effective and fastest ways to accelerate fat loss and build endurance. So whether you’re squeezing in that half hour before work or between naps for little ones, GET IT DONE!

3.      Set up a weekly schedule!

Squats. Lunges. Push-ups. Jumping Jacks. Burpees.

The numbers of exercises you can do at home are endless. Knowing that, it is unbelievably simple to set up a schedule that tailors to your needs.

Again, whether your goal is to build muscle or lose fat, being organized will do more than help you with your progress; it will encourage you to keep going, give you a sense of order, and keep you in track and on check.

Below is an example of what your schedule could look like.


Obviously, it does not have to look exactly like that. Only you know what works best for you, even if that means doing the same workout every day (totally fine, I work out to the same HIIT video 4x a week). Just do you. Your body, your goals, your decisions.

1.      Staying motivated and not giving up!

So what happens after all this? Do you just keep going?

Well, yes. You simply keep going.

You know what your goal is, you know you don’t need a gym, and you know how to set up your weekly schedule so you can find the time to work out.

So what keeps you motivated? It could be a pair of jeans, a little black dress, or in my case, it’s my little girl.

Why wouldn’t I want my child to be raised around such healthy habits in a world full of couch potatoes? Make a dream board, make a list of reason as to “why?” you are doing this, google the benefits of working out, realize the impact it can have on your body, mind, and spirit.

Find that motivation and let it help you accomplish that healthy and active lifestyle you have always wanted.

Lena BaroudComment