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Fitness: Wing It or Make a Plan?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Staying fit can be a challenge. On the surface, it seems easy -- or at least simple. You just eat clean and exercise regularly, right? But in practice, it's not that easy. If you make a plan, it's hard to stick with. If you don't make a plan, you don't get it done. It seems like everything is working against your battle to get fit. But is that really what's happening? Or are you going about it all wrong? If you're having trouble with your healthy living routine, take a look at whether you should make a plan, wing it, or find a completely new way to get fit and healthy.

The Benefits of Going With the Flow

Going with the flow is good for people who have an ever-evolving schedule. Not everyone works the same hours every day. Not everyone is awake at the same time every day. People have crazy lives! And if you fall into this group, it only makes sense to allow your fitness plan to be a bit flexible as well. This also works well for those who need a low-stress approach to fitness. If you can't make it in the morning, just go in the afternoon. While not everyone is made for this kind of flexibility, it works well for those living a slightly alternative lifestyle.

The Benefits of Making a Plan

Making a plan for fitness can be incredibly beneficial. It puts it on your schedule, which makes it more of a staple, and makes it much more likely to actually happen. For those who live by a schedule, it also keeps fitness a priority. Having a plan also makes it possible to set goals based on your current status. It helps you set up timelines and specific goals. This is perfect for people who like or need structure in their lives. If this is you, then making a plan is the only way to go.

What Should You Do?

Most of the time, you should listen to your own intuition and the advice of your doctor. If you need flexibility, include that in your life. If you need structure, then make a plan. If what you're doing isn't working, be open to trying something else. Everyone is different, and everyone's fitness plan will look different as a result. The right thing to do is what works for you and nothing more. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Whittier, Calif.

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