Fitness Planning; Avoiding Unorganized Chaos!
Many people wonder how exercise and fitness planning can EVER become Chaotic? This is because if you decide to exercise you can simply put on some sweatpants, an old t-shirt, and some sneakers. This certainly doesn’t take much thought or effort, RIGHT? However, I found out that this is only partially true for some people who exercise regularly.
Some years ago when I first started exercising regularly, I owned about 5 pair of sweat pants, lots of old t-shirts that I received from job functions or family reunions, and 2 pairs of sneakers. When I thought about exercising, I usually tried to find clothes that weren’t important to me since I was only going to get them all sweaty. As time went on and I began to renew my fitness memberships and even met some people to exercise with, my whole perspective began to change. I started to become more aware of FITNESS STYLES, helpful trends, sneakers that were best for certain types of exercise.
Suddenly, my life took a spin and became very chaotic! I started accumulating stuff and habits from exercising that I would have NEVER Imagined! Fitness in my home seemed to take on a life of its own. In addition to accumulating my own stuff, my husband and kids were acquiring new things and needs as well from an ACTIVE lifestyle.
We needed running sneakers, walking sneakers, spikes, others; and these wore out within a few months of regular wear.
- Tank Tops and T-Shirts, Sweats and Support gym pants
- Sports Bras and Biker Shorts for support underneath clothing, for different movements and routines.
- No one ever warned me that SPORTS BRAS are like having a “separate workout session” just trying to take them off once they get wet with SWEAT!
- Towels, Headbands, Socks, and Head wraps; (specifically for exercising), because they can get soaked with sweat and worn out more quickly than with general use ones.
I wear make-up, so I also find it helpful to have make-up removal cloths, and dry shampoo to quickly freshen the hair.
When Fitness Necessities Get Crazy….
One day I was going to a Workout-A-Thon and there was a particular pair of workout pants and socks I wanted to wear and I couldn’t find them, so I had to wear something else. I also didn’t have the proper brush and forgot some of the toiletries that I needed once I arrived at the event. This was very frustrating.
I always had a great time at these types of events, but most of the time when I worked out I ended up wearing the same few pants and shirts. I was periodically purchasing new items but when I needed them I didn’t know where to find them. In addition, my family started washing clothes almost every 2 days in because after our workouts and activities the clothing was all wet, and we couldn’t let the laundry sit. If one person takes the other’s clothes out of the dryer they were put away in the drawer with other clothing. When looking for exercise clothing, it was often overlooked when mixed in with other clothing.
Eventually, I was felt frustrated and didn’t want to purchase another item without getting organized. I had to figure out how the items my family and I needed for exercising, sports, and activities were easily accessible and no one would put them in the wrong place.
I took all of the clothing off of the hangers and out of the drawers and organized them. What AN ANNOYING JOB!
Reconstruct, and Start Over….
I thought I would share some tips that I used to keep organized:
1. Keep a Fitness Planner – This planner is simply days that you and/or children hav activities or you are likely to take a fitness class or workout. I say “LIKELY” because this could change; when you develop relationships from exercising; you may get invited to work-out with a friend on a whim
2. Talk to Your Family about Laundry – We have a list of laundry rules! Anyone who does the laundry can fold it, BUT… We do not put away anyone else’s laundry. If it’s something that has to be hung; we all have hooks that hang over the room doors with enough room to temporarily hang them up. Everything is visible to the person who owns the attire.
3. Separate Workout Clothes- Separate all exercise attire, socks, sport bras, biker shorts, and head- bands/wraps, away from any other daily clothing. I began to separate clothing by style and color, making accessible pants that match or that I am more likely to wear with a particular top.
4. You can purchase a separate chest, dresser, bin, or just use separate drawers. (Depending on space and décor).
5. Gym Bag – If you don’t already have a gym bag purchase one, BUT ALSO KEEP IT PACKED with an workout outfit, gym shoes, toiletries, towel, and undergarments you may need.
6. Having a gym bag packed helped keep me on schedule for my workouts, if I had an early day at work or had extra unplanned time, I could get a quick workout in without going home first. If you have children in sports or activities, teach them or get them in the habit of KEEPING A BAG PACKED FOR THEIR SPORT OR ACTIVITY.
7. Always keep an extra pair of socks in each sneaker in gym bag, so you have an extra pair.
8. Keep a Fabric Softener Sheet in the bottom of your gym bag, it helps to absorb the smell if you have an extensive workout regimen. It overall keeps your bag and wherever you keep your bag smelling fresh; replace it once the scent is gone from the fabric sheet
*9. Use an Agenda- This is SIMPLEST, Most OVERLOOKED TIP TO SUCCESS THAT MOST PEOPLE OVERLOOK! If most of our time is spent trying not to forget things we usually FORGET something that is important to us. Therefore, it is much easier to free up some head space from all the things SWIMMING AROUND IN OUR HEAD!
Most of the things think about are not fun, but when we write them down, we can turn our THOUGHTS to LESS STRESSFUL thoughts; and we can think about something fun or motivating.
These tips will help alleviate many of the frustrations that sometimes stop us from enjoying a new fitness routine or just working out in general, because we do not have the items we need.
Organization allow transform from professional attire into workout gear with few hassles. It enabled me to look forward to my work-out because I had the essentials in place.
Organization saved me from feeling like a frustrated mess!