Are you juggling a hectic schedule that includes your child’s activities, your career, groceries, house keeping, general commitments and a host of other activities? With all that you’re doing it can be hard to find time for the gym, right? It comes down to prioritizing your time but how exactly do you carve out time for general physical activities?
Here’s a list that has worked for me and what I’m currently using to stick to my resolution of being more physically active.
Try simple exercises
If the gym isn’t for you have you considered a fitness class or a sport instead? Local community centres offer a wide range of activities that allow you to get fit while having fun. An additional bonus? Residents usually get a discounted registration fee. Also, for a small fee, some community centres offer child care. So you can bring you little ones with you while they have some interactive time with other children and you get to put in some time focusing on you.
Prepare your gear in advance
I find that my day starts off right when I prepare for it in advance (ex. pack my lunch the night before). You can lay out your workout clothes, snacks, water bottle and whatever gear you need for the gym, fitness class, etc the night before. This way you have one less thing to think about in the morning and no excuse for not being prepared for your workout.
Set aside time each week to plan meals
You might be the one responsible for putting meals on the table every night for your family but you may find yourself rushed in the kitchen. The benefit of meal planning is you don’t have to think of what to cook every night. By investing some time during the week (or the weekend) to plan your meals for the week and then grocery shop, you can save yourself time in the kitchen every night.
There are a number of meal planning tools and apps out there that for a fee they will send you weekly grocery lists and recipes. This takes the guess work out of meal planning because it’s done for you. Also, check out Glitter and Glow Mom’s pinterest page for some fun meal planning ideas.
An alternative to the grocery store is having the groceries delivered directly to you. In the past I’ve used services like Foodshare and Wanigan. They both offer weekly, bi-weekly and monthly delivery options. You can select what size “box” you’d like to receive and whether you prefer veggies or fruits or both. There are also organic options if this is important to you.
Find a workout buddy
Having a workout buddy that will hold you accountable is a great idea. You can encourage each other and work to meet your goals together. You can even consider joining a mommy group that focuses on fitness as a group. Having a weekly commitment can go a long way in ensuring that you stick to your goals and start to see the results you desire.
Try a mommy and me fitness class
Who says your child can’t be your workout buddy? For mom’s with few child care options consider a mommy and me fitness class. Miss O and I are going to try a family yoga class this month. I get a little workout in and she gets to try the poses while interacting with other children. Allowing your little ones to accompany you helps them develop healthy habits.
Make it fun
Why not use this as an opportunity to try something you’ve always wanted to do but just haven’t gotten around to? 2 big things on my list of things to try are kickboxing and capoeira. Both are intense workouts but go a long way when it comes to building confidence in your abilities.
Go at your own pace
If it makes sense to dedicate one day a week to exercise then own it. Adjust this as your schedule allows and it will become an integral part of your life.
What are some tips that work for you?