As a busy Mom of 2, I have been asked many times… “How do you ever find the time to workout every day?” I am the first to admit that it wasn’t easy at first. Working full-time with a 3 year old and 5 month old kept me busy, but I made the choice to make myself a priority for once, and I found what worked best for me through trial and error. It’s been 3 years since I started P90X and I’ve been committed to my workouts ever since. Was I tired most nights before I had to workout?… yes. Did I press play?… yes. Did I feel so much better after I did?… yes. There is no better feeling than knowing I got my workout in ever after a crazy day with the kids. I also became a Beachbody Coach which is a great way to help you stay accountable. What better way to do that than to lead by example? That being said, I’d love to share with you what has helped me stay on track.
~ Commit to a time: I thought about a time of the day that would work best for me to fit in my workouts and made it MY time. 8:00 p.m worked great for me after I put the kids to bed because there was no chance of interruption. There were so many nights where I had t pry my eyes open, but I made it a point to get my workout clothes on, head to my basement, and press play. Once I began that warm-up I was back in the zone. For some working Mom’s I know early morning workouts work for them. Get up an hour before you usually start getting ready and go for a run or pop in a DVD and get your sweat on. I attempted early mornings at one point and it just wasn’t for me. You will find the best time for you and schedule it into your day like you would anything else.
~ Make it FUN!! Find an activity or program that you enjoy that meshes with your schedule and lifestyle. If you love what you do during your workout, you’ll view it as a necessity rather than just an option. Beachbody has so many options to fit anyone’s needs. If you like cardio, there’s Turbo Fire and Insanity. If you like weights there’s Les Mills Pump and P90X. There truly is something for everyone.
~ No time? No way! Just 10 minutes a day is better than zero, right? If you don’t have time for a 60 min workout each day, look into programs like Tony Horton’s 10 Minute Trainer. Everyone has just 10 minutes to spend on themselves each day right? These workouts are so great because you can do the 10 minute DVD’s to start and eventually stack them to 20 or 30 min. There are so many great results with this program and if you’d like to see search 10 Minute Trainer results on You Tube.
~ No money? Don’t have the money for a fitness program? Get outside! Even if you have to take the kids or baby for a walk with you, make it a point to get out there once a day for a run or walk. I just started running and am on the lookout for a jogging stroller so I can start training outside. I also know my son would love to join me each morning. If you are a working mom, bring those sneakers to work and go for a walk on your lunch break. You can even ask a co-worker to join you to make it more fun.
~ Create your WHY: A big part of my sticking to my schedule and goals came after I created my “WHY”. Think about why you would like to become more fit and healthy and write it down on paper. I suggest placing it somewhere you can see it each day to remind you on those days you are feeling not so motivated. This WHY is so important! The more detailed and personal it is the better. You may also have an article of clothing such as a little black dress or a swim suit you are just dying to get back into. Hang it up in your room so you can see it everyday. Have something that motivates you hanging up, even if it’s a “before” picture. Create a dream board of something you’d like to do once you reach your goals.
~ Set goals!!! Not just long term, but short term as well. I also write these down. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to have these things written out on paper. Make these goals specific to a date and go for it! It doesn’t just have to be about weight. It can be “I want to be able to do 10 push-ups on my toes by April 20th.” Goals are so much more attainable if you set them and always look back to them. I just started running and signed up for my first 5K in June. I am using that to keep me motivated with my running. If you’re bored with your workout, try switching things up and adding something new in like a class at a gym or running. Whatever it may be, set your goals high and never stop reaching for them. We may be super Mom’s, but we need to take care of ourselves to be even better Mom’s to our kids. Let’s all be Super Fit Moms!!
If you would like any more information on any of the workouts I mentioned, go to http://bit.ly/freetbbamy to get a free team Beachbody membership and me as your free coach or comment here if I can help you stay on track with your workouts. I’d be happy to help! I would also love to hear from any Mom’s out there that found certain things that have helped them stay accountable to their workouts. So share away in the comment section below.