The dreaded question. All of us struggle with it, especially us moms. I remember the days when I could take as long as I wanted to work out, do a double workout, a long run, etc, without a whole lot of worry. The biggest responsibility I had was feeding the dog and cleaning the bathroom. And let’s face it, if the bathroom doesn’t get cleaned, no one is going to die.
But then the kids come along. And suddenly life goes cray-cray. You have the biggest responsibility of your life, and any thought of working out goes out the window. But then after a while you realize that you probably should do something active for your health. Or for your sanity at the very least. You convince yourself that you need to do something, but then you realize your time is limited. As in, practically nonexistent.
What’s a mom to do?
The good news is that there IS a solution. A few solutions actually. Here they are for you.
Find Exercise in the Daily Activities
You know how when you finally get around to cleaning the house? Vacuuming? Dusting? You know how you work up a sweat? There’s your activity right there. I’m not suggesting you clean your entire house every single day, but if you can’t fit a workout in because you’re too busy cleaning your house, I’m willing to bet you burned some serious calories anyway.
Split Up Your Workout
Maybe you have an awesome hour long workout that you love to do but you don’t have an hour at a time to do it. It’s ok to split it up! Do half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the afternoon or evening. You’ll still get the benefit of the exercise, and you’ll keep your metabolism revved up. Just be careful you don’t work out too late in the evening if it makes it hard for you to fall asleep.
Find a Short Workout
There are a lot of workouts out there that are only 30 minutes long. And before you think that a 30 minute workout isn’t long enough, let me tell you that it absolutely is. I’m a real life example: I did a 3 week program of 30 minute workouts, followed a simple eating plan, and lost the last 5 pounds of my baby weight. It CAN be done! You just need to find the one that works for you, have a support system, and go for it. I can’t say enough about the support system aspect – it’s vital to success. We all need people to bounce successes and struggles off.
You can also contact me through my Facebook page if you’re struggling. I’m always here to help you! You don’t have to go it alone.