How to Find Time for Fitness as a Busy Mom?
As a mom, you never have a day off, so it’s hard to find time to exercise. Between running errands, taking the kids to after-school activities, making dinner, helping with homework – I mean, the list goes on and on – we are usually exhausted. And working out is the last thing on our minds. But, making exercise a priority will help with our physical – and mental – health. Here are ways we can find time for fitness:
- Find a time that works for you. If you have more energy in the morning, make sure to schedule a quick workout session before the day gets away from you. Or, if you are a night owl, planning a quick trip to the gym or taking part in a live exercise class online might work best.
- Turn your phone off. I know it sounds scary, but if you turn your phone off (or at least put it on vibrate) for a half-hour, you can exercise or meditate in peace – without worrying about a text or email alert distraction.
- Plan ahead. Keep a calendar and write what workouts you plan to do that week and the following week. This way, when the day comes, you can easily look at your calendar and know what to do. It takes away the time and energy out of deciding that day what exercise plan you will be following.
- Buy the right workout clothes. Nothing gives more motivation than getting to wear your new workout outfit. Before you start your exercise overhaul, go shopping to find a few new workout outfits like tanks, leggings, and bras. And make sure to have an outfit picked out the day before so you don’t have to waste time finding the right one right before it’s time to work out.
- Make the most of lunch. If you can only find time to exercise during your lunch break, make the most of it. Yoga and meditation are two easy ways to work out that won’t leave you sweaty, especially if you have to head back to the office. Finish your lunchtime workout with a simple salad and fruit smoothie.
- Include the kids. There is no easier way to find time to exercise as a mom than to introduce your kids to work out. It not only will help you stay healthy, but it will put your kids on a path to lead a healthier lifestyle. Find something you love to do together (bike riding, swimming, dancing) and schedule it into your family calendar.
- Reward yourself (and your kids). If it’s hard to motivate yourself to find time to workout, give yourself a treat when you do make it to the gym or go outside for a quick run. And I don’t mean treats like a cupcake or cookie. If you make it to the gym all week, reward yourself with a massage the next week. And, let’s not forget the kids, if you ask them to give you 30 minutes to participate in a live exercise class online, and they stay in their room playing or entertaining themselves, thank them by taking them out to their favorite place for dinner or buying them a new book they’ve been wanting to read.
- Realize you can work out just about anywhere. You can exercise every single day. You just need to realize that simple things count toward improving your health. Park further away from stores when you’re running errands; take the stairs instead of the elevator; do simple exercise while sitting at your desk at work; and so much more. It’s that easy.