Being pulled in 10 million different directions is the nature of the beast when it comes to mommy duties. But as my husband so kindly reminds, if you really want something, you’ll make time for it.
That being said, it’s easy to get caught up in excuses to not do something for ourselves as mothers, meanwhile we somehow manage to do for everyone else around us. I suppose I should say women in general. It’s our nature to nurture.
I’ve adopted some progressive health habits that include me working out almost every day. With two 9-year-old sassy ladies, homeschooling, a trucker husband and a house to run, I could come up with all the reasons in the world why I don’t have time to work-out.
And I have! I genuinely couldn’t figure out where to carve the time out, but I did and I’m making awesome gains as a result of finding me-time.
Honestly, I have a million other things that need to be done and because I’m a crazy lady I’m always thinking about those million things, even when I’m sitting still. Lol!
Enough about the excuses, here are some areas of our lives we can break down to find the time to spark up those happy endorphins!
1.) Wake up early, before the madness begins
I tried this method. I was able to get up a few times in the morning and it felt great being able to wake up and knock out that workout for the day.
If you’re an early riser or prepared to become one, this is a great option!
There’s something tranquil about the still of the morning in a quiet house and spending that time to yourself to prepare for the day.
2.) Workout before bed
My husband is ex-military and he’s very into working out and maintaining some of those old PT habits. He tells me that it may not be the best idea to workout right before bed because of that energy boost it gives you.
I felt inclined to offer that alternate way of thinking because this is actually my chosen method. I was not able to maintain morning workouts because of my morning homeschool routine with my daughters.
That being said, I opted to begin working out at the end of the day when they go to bed and it was a great fit for me!
My religion stresses that doing a small thing consistently is better for you. Because I found that I could be consistent with this routine and stuck with it, it’s working wonders for me.
Find your own happy place 🙂
3.) Work out in spurts throughout the day
If you can’t find one long stretch of time to workout at any given time of the day, try 10-minute intervals at various times throughout the day.
Maybe you have 10 minutes for biking/walking/elliptical, whatever you have at home. Take a walk outside or around your building at work while you’re on break.
If you don’t have any equipment, use your own body weight. Calisthenics are great for using your own body weight to build muscle and cut the cost of a gym membership.
YouTube and Pinterest are flooded with exercises you can do at home if you need some ideas.
4.) Workout with your kids
Believe it or not, our children love to do anything with us. If you can’t sneak in a workout without them, have them join you.
You’ll instill some healthy habits in them and improve your own well-being.
Some nights me and my girls cruise YouTube and pick out random workouts to do. We don’t always keep up with the people on screen but we actually have fun trying.
We do anything from African dancing, kickboxing and walking to belly dancing. Lol!
Give it a try, you might be surprised by their reaction. Consider it bonding time.
5.) Make up your own workout
The reason I listed this as a way to help you and break through the excuses, is because sometimes we don’t do something because we don’t know where to start.
If you don’t workout already, the thought of beginning can be somewhat intimidating. You don’t know what to do and you don’t know what to expect or if you’re doing it right.
As long as you’re moving, you’re doing something right! (Cardio-wise anyway … with equipment or calisthenics be sure your technique is correct so you don’t hurt yourself)
When I work-out, a huge portion of it is a set of movements I designed for myself based on where I want to improve in my body.
I had some assistance and I did some research online but I found something that works for me. Pinterest is also full of ideas for this very thing. They have some very creative workout routines.
A cute one I saw has a list of exercises for each letter of the alphabet. You spell your name and do each of the exercises for each letter and repeat the set 3 to 5 times.
When you know what you’re going to do, it’s easier to dive in, do it and get it done.
Well that’s it for now. I hope you can utilize some of these tips to find your workout groove and get moving to those results you’re striving for!
If you have tips you’d like to share, please tell us about it in the comments below.
Best to you, Shante ♥