Making the Time

By Alexis Finniss | In Fitness, Strong Mom, Training | on February 8, 2015

Ever find yourself thinking there are just not enough hours in a day? As busy moms we have a lot on our plates. Between school, carpool, art projects and cooking – seriously they want to eat again?! – it is often hard to fit in time to exercise. By the end of the day we are so exhausted the last thing we want to do is workout! So, how do we find the time?  As Charles Robert Buxton said, “You will never ‘find’ time for anything.  If you want time, you must make it.”

Plan your workouts first and everything else around them

Seriously? YES! There are really two parts to this approach. The first is planning and the second is putting exercise first. Sit down with your calendar and plan out your week. Figure out what is expected of you and write in your workouts. If you treat workouts as an afterthought then they will be forgotten or edged out by other things deemed more important in the moment. While it is easy to prioritize a more urgent matter, exercise plays a major role in your physical AND mental health. That is not something that should be taken lightly! So, schedule time for you to go for a run, lift, or take a class – then schedule other meetings around that time.

Wake Up Early

Get up and get your workout done first thing. Get your day started off on the right foot and use this time to think about what the day has in store. You know you will be tired at the end of the day and it will be really easy to push off that workout, so get it done early. You will start your day more energized and with the first thing checked off your to do list.

Have a Training / Accountability Partner

We all have those days where we just want to hit snooze one more time! It is much harder to do when someone is counting on you to show up! Use this time to catch up with a friend or your husband if you can manage to get away together! It is always more fun to workout with a friend which will make you much less likely to skip!

Have a Backup Plan

Some days you just need a little more sleep, or your kids are sick, or there was a last minute project that needed your time/attention. Having a backup plan will allow you to deal with when real life throws a wrench in your plans. Remember consistency is very important when it comes to working out. Workouts don’t have to be long. A quick tabata or HIIT style workout will get your heart rate up and your muscles moving. My “go to” back up workout is 20 minutes. Every minute on the minute do 5 pull ups or sit ups (I usually alternate), 10 push ups, 15 squats. Sworkit is a free app that allows you to enter in how much time you have and what area of the body you want to focus on and will plan a workout for you.  Multitask.  We are moms – aren’t we experts at this?  You can do core strengthening exercises while sitting in carpool or at red lights. You can plank or do bicep curls during commercials of your favorite shows, leg lifts and calf raises while cooking dinner, run up and down your stairs… There are lots of ways to add a little workout into your everyday life.

Make yourself a priority and make time for your workouts!

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