After the birth of my second son I decided to get in shape. I woke up every morning determined to exercise, but by 9 a.m. I was dozing on the couch, too tired to move, let alone work up a sweat.
The fact is, babies, work, school and everyday life can drain you, making your dream of being thin and healthy just that- a dream. Sometimes I think hitting the lotto is easier- and you know those odds!
Thankfully, there is a solution, and it doesn’t involve plastic surgery or hundreds of dollars. I figured out effective ways to fit exercise into your busy lifestyle, and now I’m going to pass along those tips and tricks to you.
Each one of these tips works, making the most of your time and energy, so you can look and feel good about yourself.
The Power of Exercise
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You may think you don’t need exercise in your life, but you do. There are many physical and emotional benefits to working out, some of which you may not even realize. Here’s a quick look of what exercise can do for you:
- Cardio exercise improves circulation, loosening stiff muscles and rejuvenating your body.
- Exercise releases stress, allowing for better concentration in work/school and releasing unhealthy toxins.
- Daily work outs aid digestion and promote glowing skin, nails and hair.
- Help you lose weight, build muscle strength and tone your body, giving you more energy to meet the day.
Top Tips to Fit Exercise into a Busy Schedule
Now that you see what exercise can do for you, it’s time to reveal how to fit it into even the busiest schedule. No gimmicks, just proven and effective ways to make working out a part of your daily life.
1. Put it on Your Schedule
Exercise needs to be on your daily to-do list if you want to make it a priority. Sounds silly and simple, but there is logic behind it. Seeing it on your list of chores, or scheduling it between meetings, conditions your brain that it is a task that needs to be completed and makes you more likely to follow through. It also sets aside time for it.
Plus, putting it on the calendar alerts family members that exercise is a must and makes the more likely to pitch in and help with the kids or other chores. For instance, if you have yoga penciled in for every Thursday night, hubby will know that’s his time with the kids and eliminates potential scheduling conflicts.
2. Work Out with Your Kids
Having kids, whether they are infants or toddlers, can be the biggest obstacle to getting in your daily exercise. They need constant supervision and attention- leaving you with no time for yourself- or so you think.
Fit your workouts to work with your kid’s schedules, even if it’s just 30-minutes a day, and you will see results. That means speed walking with your baby while he naps in the carriage or exercising on the playground while they play. If you have older kids, you can include them and your spouse, taking family power walks.
There are even exercises you can do with your lil one, like strapping them on your chest as you do squats, so there are no more excuses! You can check out some of these exercises here.
3. Eliminate Time Constraints with the 7-Minute Workout
No matter how busy you are, everyone has 7-minutes a day they can devote to exercise- and 7-minutes is all you need if you do it right.
There is a 7-minute workout that targets all your key areas and gets your heart-rate pumping, so you can do it between classes, at lunch, or a few times throughout the day for maximum results.
Scientifically proven to work, here is how you do it with 30 second each and 5 sec rest:
• Jumping Jacks
• Wall Sits
• Abdominal Crunches
• Step-Up On a Chair
• Triceps Dips On Chair
• High Knees Running in Place
• Push-Up and Rotate
• Side Plank
4. Decide on an Exercise Routine Before You Start
Since time is limited, the last thing you want is to spend those precious minutes trying to figure out what you’re going to do. Having a plan makes it easier to execute and lets you better manage your time. If you only have 15-minutes between clients, you want to use them doing sit-ups, not searching for exercises on YouTube.
Take a few minutes on the weekend to block out time, and create a schedule of exercises to do. You can check out the infographic for some great moves that are easy to do, or do your own. As an added tip: try to mix-up aerobic and strength training so you get optimum benefits.
5. Schedule Classes/Activities for You and the Kids
If you really want to take a spin class and have no one to watch the kids, schedule a class for them. Enroll them in soccer or sign them up for karate- heck, you can even put them in art class if that’s what they like.
The point is, make sure Kids are occupied when you need to be, so you can get in a daily session. For those working out at home, make it movie time for them while you exercise, or bribe them with a reward if they sit quietly for 20-minutes while you exercise.
As much as we may not want to admit it, there are legitimate and easy ways to work exercise into our lives. It may take a little juggling, but it is possible, and you’ll be glad you did it when you start to look and feel healthier. Simple go out and have a family walk; you can track your total steps with a fitness track which can be fun.
Exercise, like any other task, takes focus and commitment, so none of these tips will work if you’re not dedicated and focused. You have to want to change for the better, and with these tips, I believe you can! So try out my advice, and share this post with friends and family so they can start getting fit too! Sharing is caring.