Being busy is the norm for most women. We often find ourselves balancing the household, the children, life’s daily surprises, and planning activities while often also trying to balance a career Obligations and responsibilities make time for ourselves seem impossible for most single and married women, not just mothers. Finding the time to exercise regularly, can seem impossible, but it will pay you back many times over in terms of better health, less stress, more energy, and more peace of mind.
There will be days when we lack time; family obligations arise, and we find excuses not to exercise. But: a short workout is better than no workout at all. Don’t be fooled, you don’t need an expensive gym membership either, you can do things right in your own home to burn calories. And you don’t need to dedicate an hour or two a day. 20-30 minutes can get the job done. Here are some tips that can help you get on track and stay consistent.
- Walk while your children are at sports practices or other activities. Never sit on the bleachers at soccer, baseball, or football practices! Get up and walk. Invite other parents to join you if you want to socialize, or walk alone if you want some peace and quiet and time to think.
- Set your goals. Start with specifics, for example: to exercise 3x a week, try a new workout routine, lose 10lbs etc. Write it down. You will never reach your goals if you don’t know what you want them to be and how you plan to get there.
- Always Have Your Workout Bag. Always bring your workout bag to work or keep it in the car. You never know when you may have an extra 30 minutes during lunch or in between meetings to complete a quick workout. Even if you only have 15 minutes, doing something active each day is better than nothing at all.
- Schedule. Why not schedule our workouts? Get up early, do it during nap time, video game time, after dad gets home so he can watch the kids etc. Make a point to find the best time for you and do it, don’t put it off.
- Track it. Use an app to keep track of your workouts and your eating. It’s a great accountability partner, motivator, and scheduling tool.
- Prepare. Set your alarm, lay out your clothes, or wear your workout clothes until you workout for the day! If you know your kids need entertainment, pick out a movie or game to keep them occupied.
- Make It A Family Thing. Two or three times a week, get everyone outside being active and having fun. Walks, bike rides, or a family game of tennis. Especially in the summer take advantage whenever you can.
- Meal Preparation. This is probably the most important fitness and nutrition tip. Each Sunday, make a grocery list and a meal plan for the week.
- Find a workout buddy or accountability partner. Find another mom, a co-worker, a friend or a neighbor who wants to get fit, and exercise together. This approach helps you stay on track with your exercise plans and makes the whole process a little bit easier and a lot more fun.
- Schedule 20-30 Workouts. You don’t need to spend an hour you may not have, and 20-30 minutes is a manageable amount of time for anyone.
- Always Have A Water Bottle. It varies from person to person depending on your body type and activity level, but you should drink 2 to 3 liters of water every day.
- Use the internet. You can find workouts all over the web that you can do outside or even that you can do at home. The best part is that it doesn’t cost you anything.
- Prioritize. Once you get started, it takes a while for something to become a habit. Fitness should become a habit for you, if you prioritize it. Being healthy for yourself and your kids, should be a priority in your life.
- Remember WHY you are doing this. This can be huge, sometimes we know we should do something, but we don’t exactly think about why it is important. Take a little time to define your reason for wanting to take time to take care of yourself and your body. Think of it on days you are feeling lethargic or stressed, remember there is a reason fitness is important.