You should not let bopo influencers guilt you into thinking that scheduling your workouts is a sign of poor body image or lack of self-love.
Keep scheduling your gym time, treadmill time or fitness video time, whatever your mode of exercise is.
At the time of this article posting, there is a body positive influencer and self-proclaimed “Self Love Expert” who discourages the scheduling of workouts.
She has 194,000 followers, and I wonder how many of those (and we all know that many “followers” do not agree with an Instagrammer’s opinions) have begun to feel guilty over scheduling their workouts.
This particular influencer preaches to “move whenever you feel like it.” She is very heavy and believes that workouts simply should not be scheduled.
For anyone else who believes this, ask yourself why.
• Is it because you follow your Instagram inspiration’s advice without questioning or reflecting upon it?
• Is it because she has convinced you that scheduling workouts inhibits self-love?
Ask yourself this:
Of all the things you schedule in your life…why should exercise be left out of this practice?
What DO you think it’s okay to schedule?
• Bath time for the kids
• Feeding time for the baby and older children
• Balancing the checkbook
• Reviewing expenditures for the household
• Oil changes for the car
• Shaving the legs
• Washing the hair
• Walking the dog
Do you do any of the above only when “you feel like it”? Of course not! There is a component of scheduling to every one of those tasks.
Without any scheduling, there’d be big problems, not to mention filthy hungry children and hairy legs.
There Is No Evidence that Scheduling Workouts Prevents Self-Love or Body Positivity
When I was a personal trainer, my clients’ workouts were scheduled. Well, of COURSE they were, because I was providing a service, and they were my business clients.
But that aspect aside, having them work with me two or three times/week on the same days and at about the same time helped train their mind to assimilate the concept of sticking to a fitness regimen.
If you decide to do your workouts “whenever you feel like it,” guess what will happen!
Remember what I said about filthy kids and hairy legs? Not to mention a dog pooping all over the house and an overdrawn checking account.
Important events need to be scheduled: business meetings, PTA meetings, HOA meetings, doctor appointments, job interviews, and on and on – yet one of the most important meetings — an appointment to work out your body — should NOT be scheduled?? To believe this is utter madness.
Do you really want to believe this just because the “Self Love Expert” who can’t bolt 50 meters down a beach nor do a single pushup told you so?
It’s not surprising that the exercise videos of this body positive influencer show her lightly dancing about her living room, smiling the entire time – moving in a way that does not force the cardiovascular or musculoskeletal systems to adapt much.
There’s an occasional slow squat thrust tossed in there, maybe two per video.
Imagine the improvement in her current, slow lumbering body if she were to schedule two days a week of 20 total squat thrusts and her fastest 50 meter jogs down the beach.
But for all we know, with her anti-scheduling mindset, she gets in only four squat thrusts per month. This is not enough for a meaningful training effect.
If you refuse to schedule your workouts, you’ll end up not doing them often enough to progress in your level of fitness.
If you want to increase your cardiovascular fitness, muscle and joint strength, low back and knee integrity, improve glucose metabolism, improve bone composition, enhance vascular health, firm up and lose body fat – you absolutely MUST schedule your workouts.
Just like you schedule your pedicures, manicures, haircuts, teeth brushing and anything else in life.
Spontaneous Unplanned Workouts
Hey, I’m all for spontaneous, non-scheduled ventures of physical activity such as that unplanned bike ride, zip-about on your inline skates, hike or some spur-of-the-moment sprints down the street.
But these would be in ADDITION to scheduled exercise sessions. Without scheduling you’ll lose sight of commitment, focus and progress.
Aim for at least three structured exercise sessions scheduled per week.
If something comes up and you miss one of these workouts, then you should do it the next day.
But to eliminate scheduling altogether? This is utter nonsense.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained clients of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.