Finding time to exercise is not easy, but the following strategies will help.
When you are a parent, you quickly feel overwhelmed by the simple idea of having to find time in your already overwhelmed schedule to train. But it is possible and here are seven strategies that will help you make it happen.
1. Be realistic
First, be realistic about how many hours you can spend training, and then plan your fitness program accordingly. Be honest with yourself when deciding how often and for how long. In addition, it will be good to determine whether you prefer to train in the morning, at noon or at night.
2. Define time intervals and respect them
Determine what is the best time of day to exercise and note the time intervals in your weekly schedule. To train seriously, you have to respect the established schedule at all costs. We do our best not to cancel an annual check-up with the doctor or a meeting with friends. You have to show the same respect for yourself. Commit to making your training and yourself a priority.
3. With or without partner
When you train, getting involved with other people is itself a great source of motivation. Organize meetings to run early in the morning or in the evening with a neighbor. Or, when children are in bed, instead of falling asleep on the couch, do weight training or weight training with your partner. Do you prefer to train alone? Have her take turns with you every other night so that you can work out, or ask a neighbor to take turns taking care of the children so that they both have a chance to exercise.
4. Do what we love
Make sure to choose activities that you enjoy. If you continually fear which exercises to do, your fitness program is doomed. Are you not a fan of traditional gyms and aerobic dance or are you indifferent to popular fitness trends? No problems. Discover the many forms of unconventional exercises available. Whether taking trapeze lessons or a trampoline, skating or dancing, take the time to find out what’s right for you.
5. Some minutes are better than none
Of course, there will be times when you will have to cancel your workouts due to a change in your weekly schedule. Instead of giving up training all week, opt for short yoga sessions or strength training exercises that you can do in minutes. A small ten-minute exercise three times a day is better than nothing.
6. Involve the family
Involving your family in your fitness program is a great source of motivation. This may include asking your spouse and children to set up water stations or to cheer you on when you run out on the weekend, or even organize a weekly family tennis game. In addition to spending time with your family, you set an example for your children by showing them that exercise is an integral part of their life.
7. Keep emergency exercise equipment within reach
Do you run, swim, do yoga or ride a bike? Whatever. Always keep gym clothes in the car or at work. Therefore, you will have no excuse for not working out if you suddenly have free time.