How (and Why) to Create a Plan B For Your Workouts

Failing to plan is a planning to fail. It may be cliche, but it is absolutely true, especially when it comes to working out as a mom.

I talk a lot about setting SMART goals, which is a huge first step in setting yourself up for success. The next part, is developing a plan to hit your workout goals.

Read This: How to Set SMART Goals

On paper, you are all set, and ready to take on the world! But, this is real life. There are work deadlines, bad weather, sick days, kids’ schedules, vacations, need I go on? Your plan won’t always be feasible, and that’s why you need a Plan B.

Read This: How to Create an Effective Workout Plan

When it comes to consistency with working out, the all-or-nothing monster brings many of us down.

Here’s a scenario

Your plan could be: yoga on Tuesday and Friday, strength training on Monday and Wednesday, and outdoor running on Thursday.

Great plan, but on Tuesday evening you don’t make your yoga class, and suddenly feel your entire week is shot. To get out of this mindset, look at your current plan – however detailed or general – as Plan A.

So, you couldn’t get to yoga on Tuesday. Instead of throwing your hands in the air, look for a Plan B.

Could you do a yoga video on Youtube after the kids are in bed? Would Saturday be a good back up day if you can’t get it in during the week? 

I look at my week as a puzzle. I plug in the workouts I’d like to do on the days I’d like to do them, but move them around as conflicts arise. 

Once you take out the need for perfection, the frustration will fade away.

Still, there are weeks where finding the time isn’t necessarily the issue. If you’re up all night with a sick child, or an impromptu work trip leaves you high and dry for a gym, your Plan B is the next best thing you can do.

Here are some common disruptions and a possible Plan B:

  • Unplanned work trip = Pack workout clothes, do bodyweight exercises
  • Lack of Sleep = Shorten duration and/or intensity, if a morning workout is planned, then sleep in and workout later in the day
  • Stuck at home (sick kid, weather, etc,) = Workout video from Fitness Blendermy Strongher in :30 e-book, or this list of my favorite Youtube workouts
  • Sick, but not that sick = Shorten duration and intensity, or take a long walk instead
  • Stuck at the office = Focus on sitting as little as you can, consider shortening your workout but still doing it, look at a time later in the week

You’ll get comfortable looking for alternatives when you recognize your personal common roadblocks. Above all, keep your big picture goals and actions the focus. One missed workout won’t make a difference. But, letting your entire week be thrown off, and feeling guilty for not achieving your Plan A, will never get you to your goals.

Craft your perfect plan and see results!

Staying focused on your big picture goal is challenging, especially with the distraction of kids. Health Coaching helps get you closer to your ideal life. Want help staying on track, or need someone in your corner when you slip? Shoot me an email at to set up a FREE 20 minute Discovery Call!

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