I could give you all the free workouts in the world, direct you to all the right YouTube channels, and tell you the best foods to eat to fuel your workouts. I could even buy those foods and put them in your fridge. I could come over to your house and do your workout with you, but if you’re not willing to make time in your life, and create a habit of regular exercise, then you just aren’t going to get it done.
All the expensive yoga clothes in the world aren’t going to make you go to that class, if it’s not a priority.
The membership to the nicest gym, the one with the best open hours, or the closest one to your office, just ISn’t going to make you get off your ass and do the work.
We have to know how to make it work. We have to decide that our health is the most important factor in our lives.
Even writing this list, sharing with you my BEST tips for fitting in a workout, won’t make you workout. But if you use these tips to take action, then you will put yourself on the right track to living your best and healthiest life.
I truly, in my heart, want EVERYONE to live a long, healthy and happy life.
It breaks my heart when I can’t change one person’s perspective on their own well being.
But that’s not my responsibility. My responsibility is to use my experience and knowledge and share what I have learned with as many people as possible, and just hope that they will take it to heart and make a change.
So here they, my 5 BEST tips for Fitting in your workout this week:
- Get up earlier – I’ve said it before and I’m going to keep saying it until you people finally clue in. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier. Turn off the TV, put your phone away, and go to sleep. Set your alarm and get up before your kids and whoever else lives in your house and workout. You will be dragging the first couple of days but it will improve your life from every angle. You will feel better from the jump, having moved your body right away. You will have more patience, having had a few minutes alone. This is the biggest change you can make with the least amount of effort.
- Don’t turn on the TV until you’ve done your workout – Now will you make it work? How about you can’t look at your phone until you’ve done work out? If you enforce an incentive like that, all of a sudden it makes it possible to fit it in. I think of it like being a kid and mom says you have to do your homework before you can play. Do your homework!! And then you can watch this week’s episode of the Kardashians.
- Ask for help – One of those people who is constantly saying “if you ever need a hand”. Get them to watch your kids for 30 minutes so you can sweat. Tell your husband/ partner/ parent, “I need 10/20/30 minutes to workout.” And then go do it. The dishes will always need to be done, the laundry will always pile up, but if you see an opportunity in your day when you can fit in the workout, DO IT. Even if it means sharing your responsibilities with a friend or family member. This IS what friends are for.
- Plan it – Pick 2-3 days a week, pick a time of day that works for you, and COMMIT. This is hard for us moms, because our schedules are unpredictable especially the younger our kids are. But I know you could at least say, “Monday morning, Wednesday night, Friday morning.” So Monday morning you don’t fit it in till 11:45 am. That’s okay, you’re going to make it work because it’s on the schedule ( you put it there). Wednesday night, you have to PVR your favourite show any way so wait an extra 30 minutes to watch it because you have to fit in your workout. Friday morning comes and you actually kind of like doing those deadlifts so you’re looking forward to getting up and having a little quiet time with your weights.
- Do it with your kids – What I mean by this is, stop waiting for them to be asleep, or out of the house, or otherwise occupied. Just start doing it. They will annoy you, of course they will. But they will also annoy you if you don’t workout. In fact you will deal with them a lot better once you’ve had your workout. If they want to join you, which they likely will, give them their own resistance band and have at it. If they think that what you’re doing is boring, then let them find something else to do. This, like any other practice, will be strange at first, but if you start today, and for two weeks your kids act weird about it, then by the end of the month they will be used to it. As in by the time they’re done school and activities and no one to annoy but you for two months. Just one more reason to start today.
I know you can implement at least one of these tips this week and get at least one workout in. Or implement them all get all your workouts in. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help. That’s what friends are for. That’s what family is for.
Your physical and mental health are so much more important than your shows on TV. Or your Facebook newsfeed. They really are. And once you get that, you will see how much time you actually have to exercise and focus on improving your life.
It’s okay for your kids to see you workout. If you had seen someone workout daily when you were a child it would probably be a habit for you by now. Why not give your kids a head start.
It’s okay to workout and let your kids be bored for a few minutes. Kids are no good at being bored these days. I know because mine are particularly bad at it. But we have to let them do their own thing sometimes, or we will never get time to do ours.
I genuinely want you to exercise. I see all the good it brings into my life and I want that for you. I want everyone to wake up happy and excited about the day.
Right now, for example, I’ve already been up for two hours and my kids are still sleeping. This is when I write, so it’s important for me to get up first.
But I’ll tell you, now that I know it’s 7:00 am and their usual wake up time, I can’t wait to see them!
How do you really feel like that? That you can’t wait to see your kids? I’m guessing not that often. I used to DREAD the moment when their cries would wake me.
Now I’m anticipating their little footsteps as I’m finishing my second cup of coffee…
<3 now.. what’s for breakfast?