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Finding the Time to Workout

October 18, 2017

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!”

The Motherchic wearing all black athleisure

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….

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

The Motherchic wearing athleta leggings and sweater

The Motherchic wearing Athleta workout pants

Wearing: 

“Shine” Leggings | Jacket | Sneaks | Shades

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….

Athleisure looks

Look One // Red Hoodie + Leggings + Pink Sneaks

Look Two // Gray Pullover + Floral Leggings + Raspberry Nikes

Look Three // “Shine” Leggings + Jacket + Sneaks

Sound off! How do you guys find the time to workout?

My Top Athletic Wear Picks

 

  • Megan
    October 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I agree – as a working mama, it is SO hard. My struggle is the fact that my office moved from Radnor to Philadelphia which has added 2 hours of commuting to my day. Even the 5 a.m. classes are not early enough to get me home, showered, ready for work and get 3 of my 4 kids to the bus stop by 7:30 and then myself to work. During the week, my exercise consists of a standing desk (it counts, right??) and walking to grab lunch or walking the few blocks during my commute. Because my weekends are full of soccer and birthday parties and trying to squeeze in some time with my husband, I found a class at a local studio at 6:45 on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I can get an hour workout in and still be home by 8:00. While it sucks to get up while it is still dark on the weekends, those are literally the only two hours every week that I get to myself. Totally worth it!

  • Annie
    October 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    As I sit here feeling guilty for not finding the time today… my motivation for getting a work out in is that I want my little men to see their mother as a badass, see working out as a normal and necessary part of the day, lead a heathy lifestyle themselves–so I lead by example. Plus, it’s so important to feel like your best you. Moms out there, let’s help each other out–a walk around the block with double strollers and nice conversation is worth the 15 minutes it may take to get all the babes strapped in 😉

  • Ashley
    October 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I love OrangeTheory fitness for the accountability factor (ie, you have to sign up for a class and if you don’t show up, you still have to pay for it!) and the fact that you know you are going to get a great workout in 60 minutes!!

  • Tammy
    October 23, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    It’s not easy. I am a mom, work full time and have a blog. I have an hour a day from 5-6pm and make it a non negotiable. It’s when I get my workout in and I plan around it. Weekend mornings I’ll plan ahead when I can etch in that non negotiable hour. Sure there are days it’s just not feasible but when I etch out that hour ahead of time it generally works and I feel so much better!

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