I am a busy working Mom of 2, and many people ask me how I keep up with my workouts 5-6 days a week when I have so much going on? I asked myself this same question when I started P90X 2 years ago. How in the world am I going to be able to fit this into my schedule? I knew I wanted to, but finding the “how” took a little longer. Once I got into a solid routine, I realized there were certain things that really helped me to stay on track. Here are a few things that help me….
1.Develop your “WHY”: Before setting a schedule or getting into a routine, it’s so important that you ask yourself why you are doing this. “Why do I want to get fit and healthy?” When you find this answer, I strongly urge you to write it down on a note card and keep it somewhere you can see it everyday. On days you can’t find the motivation, look at that card and remember why you started this in the first place.
2.Schedule your daily workout time: Is it easier for you to workout early in the morning before the craziness takes over your house? Is naptime an option? WHat about after the kids go to bed? Find the time that works best for you that you will be able to stick to each day. I find 8:00 p.m to be a good time for me. I put the kids to bed and it’s MY time. Others love those early morning workouts where there are no distractions. Set this time, and do your best to stick to it. Schedule them in a weekly planner and cross off each day as it’s done. Consider these times appointments with yourself. Yes, you are THAT important. Remember, no more excuses!
3.Find a support group or workout buddy: Whether it’s a friend, relative, neighbor, beachbody coach or online support group, these people will help push and motivate you to get your workout in even when you don’t want to. Having someone to workout with will also add an element of FUN! I have an amazing support group online called BEACHBODY BABES, feel free to search it on Facebook. I am here to help you succeed!
4.Find a routine and stick to it no matter what, but be flexible: There are SO many nights when I have to pry my eyes open after putting the kids to bed. So many of these nights, I had to fight to find that energy. I found that it really helped me to put my workout clothes on right away. Once I did this, I got my water and headed down to the basement. Once I pressed play and that workout started, I was in the zone again. Believe me, I am always so happy that I did it. The way I feel after working out always outweighs that guilt I’d feel if I didn’t. If you do skip a workout, keep in mind that it’s ok and pick it up the next day. Skipped workouts will not refrain you from reaching your goals, but a negative attitude and letting those days turn into weeks will. If you can only do a 10 minute workout one night, it’s better than nothing. Just keep active.
5.Set goals: Keep in mind that it may take up to 8 weeks to see results in any program you are doing. That’s why it’s so important to set short term and long term goals. I recommend writing these goals down too. This will help keep you focused and reaching for each one, even if it’s doing one more rep. Celebrate those small successes and much as the larger ones.
6.This is a lifestyle change: Once you get into a routine and are consistent in your workouts, you will look at exercising as more of a lifestyle. You will LOVE working out, not just because of the results, but because of how energized you will feel. I may be 33, but I feel the strongest and youngest I have ever felt! Create your “why”, set those goals and workout schedule, go into it with a positive attitude, and just do your best, and you will reach every goal you set out to achieve.