*This is an Acorn Influence sponsored post. The tutorial and opinion are all mine.*
The other day I wrote to you all about why it is so darn important for busy mamas (or anyone!) to make exercise a priority in their lifestyles! It honestly has changed my life and made me a happier/more confident person overall. If you missed the post, you can check it out here.
Also, in this post I wrote a few months ago, I talked about why having a workout calendar is soooo darn helpful for keeping exercise part of your routine. Before regular exercise was anywhere close to being a “routine” in my life, I used my workout calendar to guilt me into going to the gym after seeing how many days in a row I played hookie. BUT NOW that getting to the gym is a regular part of my week, I use my workout calendar to plan out which muscles to focus on, which ones to rest, and what exercise classes I’m planning on attending that month.
Putting my exercise routine in front of me on a calendar for the entire month really changes my mindset of working out. I know that I can’t schedule anything for this Wednesday, because I’m going to the gym. And Saturday morning I’m going to a class. It also allows my #introverted self to mentally prepare to be around people haha.
Another thing that has made it so much more important to me is wanting to make sure that my son grows up with an active mommy! Not only do I really really want to be a great example to him so he learns to live a fit and healthy life, I want to be able to have the most fun possible with him without my health slowing me down! No one just chooses to be healthy one day. It takes hundreds of small choices that add up to a changed lifestyle. Choosing Pampers Premium Care diapers at Walmart is one simple choice that I make to live a lifetime of love with my baby boy.
Today I’m going to show you how to super easily make your own workout calendar fo’ free using one of my favorite web tools, PicMonkey! (I do have the paid version, but everything in this tutorial is totes free).
1 Open PicMonkey
2 Hover over “Design,” click on “8×10”
This will make it so it fits well on regular copy paper.
3 Keep the background white (your choice, but if you don’t it’ll use a ton of ink).
Click the “Tt” on the left hand side to get to inserting text.
4 Pick your font and click “Add Text” at the top. Write the letters “S M T W T F S.”
You can play with the spacing and the size of the text until they are centered nearish to the middle of the page.
5 Next click the little butterfly to the left to get to the graphics. Open the top bar the says “Geometric” and select the first rectangle.
6 Start drawing rectangles to make weeks and days of the month.
I changed the color of the rectangle to gray and changed the opacity while I was placing them in order to make them easier to see.
7 In my design I laid 4 grey rectangles horizontally to represent weeks. I then laid a large rectangle overtop with a lighter opacity and changed its color to blue.
8 Now with your days of the week and your weeks and days in place, go back to text (the “Tt” to the left).
In the picture above, you can see I chose a pretty script font to write out the month. You can also change the color in the settings. If you’d like to make a calendar for the entire year, save your image each time with a new month written in the text above the days of the week.
9 To add a little bling to your calendar, go back to Graphics (the little butterfly to the left)
And any of the graphics they have to choose. If you have your own that you’d like to use, you can always click “Your Own” at the top. I got my graphics from one of my favorite designers/artists at AngieMakes.com. Her stuff is freakin’ adorable!
Voila!! You have your super cute, super motivational workout calendar!
*TIP* Put your calendar in a frame with glass overtop and use a dry-erase marker to check off the days you worked out!!
Here’s a picture of my calendar hanging up in our home for me to be reminded on a daily basis of my promise to my son to live a fit and healthy life.
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