When Life Gets Busy: Tips for Keeping Up Your Fitness
A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a new friend at our sons' baseball game. She's in a very busy season of life between kid activities and a start-up business that is taking off. To top it off, she's in the process of getting her house ready to sell. She made the comment that she's just been "off" lately as she hasn't been able to keep up with her workouts. She has intentions everyday to sweat, but life happens and before she knows it the day is over. She goes to bed thinking, "I will get a good workout session in tomorrow."
Meanwhile, her stress level is slowly creeping up along with her anxiety level, making all that she has going on seem much less manageable. Can you relate to this? I've definitely been there, and it's not a good feeling.
As moms, we have so much to juggle each day and, most of the time, we end up putting ourselves last. It's just part of the job description, right?
Actually, for you to be able to care for everyone else, you MUST first care for yourself. That's the most important part of the job description. To help you take care of you, I want to share the tips I offered this momma during this crazy time in her life.
1. Schedule your workouts
I've said this a million times before - schedule your workouts like you'd schedule a doctor's appointment or important meeting and then show up! You wouldn't just skip a meeting or doctor's appointment without rescheduling, would you? The same goes for your workout. If something comes up during your scheduled sweat session that you absolutely can't miss, reschedule that workout!
2. Sweat for just 10 minutes
I used to have the mindset that it's all or nothing. If I can't get in a full 30-minute or hour workout, there's no point… right? Oh my goodness, this is so not true. Let me tell you why - an intense, 10-minute sweat session will get your heart rate up and get those endorphins flowing. This will help with anxiety, stress, sleep, and feeling "off". Plus, knowing that you showed up for a workout when your schedule was jammed packed sends yourself a message that you're committed and you're making yourself and your fitness a priority. The more you "show up" for your workouts, even if it is for 10 minutes, the tougher it is for you to cancel on yourself in the future. After all, consistency is what gets you to your goals, not perfection.
3. Workout from home
If you're short on time, just do a quick home workout. Cutting out the commute to the gym will cut out a significant amount of time. If you aren't sure exactly what to do for a workout, we've got you. We have a full library of workouts that ALL can be done from home, with minimal to no equipment. Most of them are under 30 minutes, but pack a major punch! Check our workouts out here! We recommend having a few sets of weights at home as well as a yoga mat for those days you can’t get to the gym. We also love our looped resistance bands, as they travel well and provide a great resistance workout!
4. Just start
Sometimes, we waste so much time trying to talk ourselves into a workout. Don't even give it a second thought. Change your clothes, grab your shoes, and start moving! Before you know it, you'll be sweating, endorphins will be flowing, and you'll be in a groove. Once you're done you will feel so much better and be so glad you got your sweat on!
Don't make reaching your fitness goals more complicated than it needs to be. Commit to working out 5-6 days a week for 10-30 minutes, show up, and move your body. I promise you, consistency will pay off big time! You've got this!!
Do you need more inspiration and guidance to start chasing after those fitness goals? Reach out to us here - we’d love to help!