Ok I used to be a lot better at this than I am now, so part of me is writing this for my own encouragement and maybe to get some tips from all of you. Before I had kids I would wake up at 5am at least 4 days per week to workout at the gym. These days I can’t even fathom 5am and come 5pm I am either driving to soccer practice, making dinner, or just too exhausted from the day to even consider a workout. Finding the time to workout has been a challenge and the easiest solutions is, well, just not to do it.
Even the 9:30 classes that offer babysitting can be hard because some babies like to cry the entire time (hands raised!) and instead of de-stressing you are doing just the opposite. And now that I am working I’ve found myself thinking, “Well I don’t want to waste my working time on exercising” and when I am home with the kids, “I barely see them anymore. I don’t want to waste my time with the kids going to exercise!”
When life is crazy busy, it’s hard to find the time to workout. For me, the number one reason I like to workout is for the mental clarity. It’s amazing what a 25 minute run can do for your mind. I can say with confindence that I’ve never come home from a run and thought to myself, “Man I should have NEVER went on that run.” NO! I always feel energized and reset and more prepared to take on the day. With that, here are a few tips that motivate me to lace up….
- Internalize the feeling of being finished a workout. Bottle it up. The next time you find yourself making an excuse not to workout, visualize yourself being done and how great you feel.
- When time is limited, resort to efficiency. Unfortunately my schedule doesn’t permit for 90 minute bikram classes followed by post class matchas and casual conversation. Ok maybe every once in a while 😉 My go-to efficient workout is a run. I can walk out my front door, be back in 30 and, the best part – it’s free!
- Don’t under estimate the power of workout clothes! Yes, sometimes I put them on with intentions of actually working out, and sometimes that workout never happens. Thank goodness “athleisure” is a thing! But if you never put them on, the chances your workout will happen are slim to none.
- When in doubt, mimic your kids a.k.a. MOVE! They never stop – have fun with shadowing them and maybe have a few laughs while your at it.
And because we know time is so precious, the post work out shower doesn’t always happen right away. Here are three throw-on-and-go top layers that will have you feeling less sweaty and a little more chic and styled….
Sound off! How do you guys find the time to workout?
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