Now granted, there are A LOT more people busier than me, so please don't get the impression that I think I'm the busiest person out there. I'm not. But like all of us, I am busy. And I thought
I'd share with you a few things that I do to get my workouts in.
Early Mornings / Late Evenings
Thankfully, I'm a morning person. And I prefer getting in the majority of my workouts before Hubby goes to work. Most days, I begin my day while everyone else is asleep. I know people who workout after their kids go to bed at night. I personally just don't have the energy; so I choose early mornings.
Ditch the All or None attitude
I used to think that if I couldn't get in 30 minutes of cardio then just forget it. But I realized that 10 minutes is better than 0. And maybe I didn't have time for a 3 mile run, but I could probably squeak in 1 mile. And 1 mile is better than 0. So I adopted that philosophy. On the days that it's just not happening (Hubby is out of town. Lil Man is sick. Other obligations - you know what I mean - I do what I can)
Break It Up
Along the same concept as the previous one, I will break up my strength workout and fit them in around my daily life. While making lunch or dinner as I'm waiting for something to heat or cook, I might drop to the floor and get in some push ups. 2 minutes left on the microwave? What about getting in some plank work? Bicep curls during commercial breaks. I think you get the picture. Yes I prefer to get an entire workout in together (reps/rest to complete the set). But sometimes life just doesn't work out that way.
Incorporate Your Kids/Family
Since I had Lil Man, I find ways to include him in my workouts. We are spending time together, but I'm still getting my workout in. Sometimes he's doing the exercises with me. Sometimes he's part of the exercise and doesn't know it. (Chase around the house, throwing a ball, picking him up and down).
And then there is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). I'll admit I don't use this one much - mainly just because I haven't really tried it that much. But I know my gym uses it a lot in their classes. And I know that others have found success. So I wanted to include it.
And on those days that I just can't get in any 'structured' workouts, I try to just incorporate exercise into my daily life as much as possible. (Park in the last spot at the grocery store. Clean the house. Impromptu dance party). I think you get the idea.
Because exercise is one way that I relieve stress, I make it one of my priorities, and my family thanks me for it.
How do you fit in exercise into your daily routine?
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