I had about ten different titles for this post and finally settled on this one since the title itself is where I want to focus. It is not actually about finding the time but MAKING the time.
For the last 7 years fitness and working out has been a priority of mine. I treat it like my job, it is not a “if I have time” to-do on my daily list, it is a scheduled (just like my paid job) activity. This does a few things for me:
1 -Keeps me accountable. If it is written down there is a 98% chance I will do it. If not, there is probably only a 30% chance I will do it.
2 – No guessing. Like meal planning, I do not have to think for more than a few seconds on what work out I will be doing because it is planned at least a week out.
3 – Balance. I can balance my workouts, from running, to strength, spin, yoga and rest days I am able to balance them out in a weekly schedule.
I will be the first the admit that working out 5-6 days a week was much easier before having kids but it is by no means impossible, and if it is a priority and non-negotiable on your daily “to-do” list you do find the time. My number one tip when it comes to working out as a Mom:
Work out first thing in the morning
This could be 5am or 10am but do it the first chance you get in the morning. Then it is done and out of the way for your busy day. But Lindsey you say – my kids are busy/do not nap, I work full-time etc… Probably less than 10% of my workouts are done without kids (or when they are asleep). When I was working I was up at 5am to get in my workouts so that I did not comprise evening time with Avery since I know how precious (and hectic!) that time is.
Here is how to get in workouts WITH your kids:
1- Keep them short. Beachbody is awesome for this, they have workouts for only 22 minutes a day! Set up you kid(s) close by with toys, a TV show or books. I keep them both within my vision so I can tend to them if needed. Though 80% of the time they are fine for 30 minutes or so – and they should be!
2 – Take them with you! I run twice a week with both girls, and they love it. Both are so used to it they do awesome for long runs too. I always ask Avery to bring a toy or book with her, and try to go out when Chloe might have a nap.
3- Find options with child care. I cannot speak to this too much,since I’ve never done it. But many places offer child care now from what I have seen.
My biggest point here is that is if it important to you, you will make the time and have your fitness as a non-negotiable on a daily basis. I know for me working out does so much more for my well-being than passing up a daily workout for “x” reason(s). And that saying “you will never regret a workout” – 100% true!