Lunden Souza: Stay firm and flexible in your routine

June 2, 2013 

Not everyone has time, focus or energy to work out first thing in the morning.

Each person should should have their own routine for getting fit and staying healthy, one that works with their lifestyle.

Whatever routine keeps you the most consistent is what will always work best — provide the best results. So look for the pathway that steers clear of most excuses and stress, while leading to the maximum amount of energy and fun.

For me, the morning is the best time to work out because it sets a precedent for the rest of the day. If I just wake up, take my vitamins and do my pre-workout to get moving, then the rest of the day I feel a stronger desire to get more done and be more productive.

I also find there are fewer distractions in the morning.

When I set my alarm, it is for a particular purpose and at that hour there isn't much else to think about — other than the snooze button every now and then.

I don't have work and errands distracting me or keeping me longer or getting me sidetracked into a different idea and focus. For me, that is just what works. Even if it is just a brisk walk or yoga session, it's something that my body needs to start the day, every day.

I also realize how important it is to be flexible and not get frustrated if something happens.

I sometimes have to reschedule my workouts to a later time or different location depending on what's going on in my life.

Sometimes I want to make time for friends, so I will do an evening spin class or weights class with them so we can catch up and have some fun while we stay on track.

Sometimes I will want to go for a run but it will be raining, so I will wait until later in the day to see if it clears up before heading out.

Even though I don't always have the most energy in the afternoon, and it takes me a lot longer to get focused and get into my workout, sometimes that's just how the day turns out.

This weekend try to switch your normal routine a bit if you can. Move your indoor workout outdoors or maybe do an evening run instead of a morning one.

Try to appreciate the moment and ability to work out, focusing less on a strict schedule and regimented workout. Concentrate on empowering yourself and appreciating your ability to let go and get fit.

Lunden Souza, a Merced native, is a personal trainer, health and wellness coach, and writer in Southern California. She can be reached at


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