How do you find time to “Stay Fit?” All mom’s, have multiple roles – and when it comes to raising a family – all structure just went right out the window! I want to give you a few tips that other mom’s have shared – that helped them to get in some semblance of a fitness routine – I thought these tips may help you – I will be adding additional tips in my blog posts – being a single mom raising 3 boys and working full-time is not easy!
- Work out before the day gets away from you. Waiting until after work just does not work! If your children are babies, you pick them up from day care and you spend that great valuable time with them, feeding, bathing, playing and doing the many chores that come up. If your children are older, not only do they need to be picked up, but they need to be shuffled to games, or practices – this put’s a big kink in an already short period of time – what with dinner, homework, and the multitude of chores that need to be done. Think of it this way, “You’re finished before the kids wake up!”
- Make yourself an appointment! When I schedule something for me, I make sure that it gets done. Doctor appointment, lunch with colleagues etc. So write it down – schedule your appointment for fitness – Be realistic, it doesn’t have to be an hour – start with 15 minutes – but it is YOUR 15 minutes. Do yoga, or work out with an online program – don’t set your goals too high. You will only get discouraged if you don’t meet those goals. When you have successfully reached that goal of 15 minutes – 4 times a week – you will be encouraged to add another day and or up the minutes to 20! Staying fit takes work!
- Decide what you will wear the night before! Ok, this may sound a little crazy, but it really isn’t! If you go to the gym at 5 a.m. you wear your workout clothes. If you work out at home, you still wear those workout clothes. Set them out the night before – take that one extra step of indecision out of play. Maybe the laundry didn’t get done and you don’t have those favorite leggings or tank to wear! Discover that the night before! Preparing early when you aren’t in a rush really helps!
- Include your kids! It is hard to find dedicated time without your kids – so be the example and include them. I think of it this way, they have to get out with me so taking that walk or run, going to the park, take a jaunt over to the zoo – all of this is a form of working out! Children love to move! Try using some resistance bands for playing ‘hop over’ and Bosu Balls make fun mini trampolines.
- “To exercise regularly, change your way of thinking!” You DO NOT need to “find the time” you need to “take time. Evaluate your day routine – how much time are you spending with email or Facebook? How much time do you spend cleaning, doing laundry etc. Paying attention to how you are spending your time is critical. Take that information and figure out which activities you could “take” time from! If you can, lump your sporadic times together – that will give you a longer time to workout! If you can’t do that – spread your activity throughout the day.