We all know that exercise is the key to boosting energy, toning up, and feeling great! But with the kids and the errands and the to-do list, sometimes it just feels overwhelming. But here is the reality: The busier you are the more important it is to make exercise a priority.
The all or nothing mentality has got to go!
Are you under the impression that it's full-throttle workout or bust? The truth is, there are many health benefits to be gained from even modest amounts of exercise. Moms need to take it where and when they can or they'll be waiting a long time. Remember the slogan “more may be better than less, but some is definitely better than none!” Have you ever skipped a workout when you thought it would take too long? Think again. When you don't have time for your full routine, a shorter one will do! Too often, an all-or-none mentality robs us of the Holy Grail of exercise – consistency!
As a mom, you must have a “command central” mega calendar, correct? But then again, as a mom, do you put everyone else's needs ahead of your own? It's time to put yourself back on the priority list and put your workouts on the calendar just like any other commitment. Of course, any single workout will never be considered “urgent,” which is why it won't stand a chance unless you put it in pen and protect it.
Break it up throughout the day or throughout the week.
How about pushups after you shower, crunches every time you return emails, glute squeezes at red lights, and a quick trip around the block every time you wave goodbye to the school bus? Link quick bits of exercise to other activities you already do to help you remember. Soon, these little things will become second nature and take only minutes without changing into exercise clothes! Or, try scheduling one morning workout per week, one weekend workout per week, and one naptime or evening workout per week and you've got three of them without undue strain on any one part of your schedule.
Workout at home. Just get up early or do it with the kids.
You might only need to get up 20 minutes earlier than usual, and you'll have the satisfaction for the whole day that exercise is already checked off your list! Not much sleep the night before? Carve out 20 minutes when the kids are with you and get a little something in. There is so much that can be done in your own home with a few inexpensive items. With a few sets of dumbbells, an exercise ball, and exercise tubing, you can do all of the exercises in The Busy Mom's Ultimate Fitness Guide . Regardless of what level you choose, you'll be in business and seeing changes in your body in no time!
Strive for consistency, not perfection.
Don't let your attitude blow it for you. Refer back to tip number one and remind yourself that a shortened or modified workout is better than skipping the whole thing whenever possible because it keeps the habit going. This is where creativity and backup plans are important. Consistency and feeling “on track” are worth more than the actual content of any single workout session because longevity is the key to success!