“I just can’t seem to fit it all in!” I can’t even tell you how many times I say that in a typical week. Being a mom is the most demanding job I have ever had. The responsibility of running a household and the needs of my family can quickly feel overwhelming. When you try to add a regular fitness routine to the mix, it can seem like more trouble than it’s worth.
But it’s not!
Being healthy and getting regular exercise is not only important for YOU, it’s an important example to set for your family. Being healthy also makes it easier to make it through those long days of motherhood.
We know that. But when it comes right down to fitting it in, it can just seem impossible and it’s easy to get discouraged. Here are a few things that have worked for me. I hope they are helpful for you:
1. Make a plan. Look at your family’s schedule for the week. Where are there windows you can use for your workouts? Do you need to get up early and get it done while everyone sleeps? Is there a day when your spouse will be around? My workout schedule is usually a combination of workouts when my husband is home, after bedtime workouts when he’s working nights, and early morning workouts on the days when there’s just no other time to squeeze it in. It’s different every week because life is different every week! Sitting down and mapping it out makes it a whole lot easier than trying to fit it in as I go through the week.
2. Be flexible. A plan is great! But you can’t predict a sick munchkin, your husband’s last minute work meeting, terrible weather when you planned to run outside. Even the best plans have to be changed sometimes. Don’t let that frustrate you. Try to come up with a plan b. If you were planning on going for a run but at the last minute, you don’t have child care, grab a soccer ball and your crew and head to the park. Kicking the ball around for an hour might not be an equal replacement for your solo run — but at least you get moving! And your kids do, too!
3. Make an active lifestyle part of your family’s DNA. Instead of going to the movies or the mall, go on a hike. Instead of going to an amusement park, load up your bikes and find a new spot to explore. Set up a starting and finish line in your yard and hold family races. It may not the same as the 5 mile run on your training plan but just consider it speed work. :) In a pinch, find a fun dance workout that you can all do together!
Here’s what some other Fit Moms had to say!
Make fitness a part of your whole family’s day. Go for walks or runs together or involve kiddos in your workout. Rather than taking time away from your family, being fit can be fun for everyone! – Alyssa Serchia