So yeah, I don’t want to work out. I hate it with a passion! And my question is why? Why does doing something strenuous for a mere 30ish minutes out of a 24hr day cause so much hatred? Why do I have to sacrifice my hairstyle for sweat beading down my face? Why do I cringe at the thought of running or doing squats? Maybe because I can find something more necessary to do at the time like: prepare lessons for the week, clean the kitchen, wash my hair, cook a meal, binge watch a show…HELLO!!
But knowing me, once I start working out and keep at it, it’s as if my body craves it and looks forward to the endorphins that are released after a workout. Whenever I ‘start back’ working out, (you know, the Monday after that one weekend where you ate too much of that one thing,) I get excited about how I feel afterwards. I love the sweat that is produced, knowing it was the result of burned calories. In turn, I eat healthy to avoid reloading what I’ve just gotten rid of. It’s amazing.
So what do I have to stop doing? Stop stopping!! That’s it. Once I stop working out for a week due to being really busy or because Mother Nature is vacationing in my neighborhood, I have a hard time starting up again. And when I don’t work out, I don’t eat healthy. And the cycle just continues.
I have found that the problem is finding time in my day to get it done. I feel extremely busy with family, school, emergencies, and scheduled appointments that it’s hard to find time. And when I do have time, I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT!
I have made it my goal to fit a workout into my week at least 3 times a week. And if I can do more, I do more. When do I do it? There are a couple of ways I find time in my day.
Here are ways to find time in your day for a workout:
Before everyone is awake:
This is the best time for me because everyone is still asleep and no one is in dire need of my full attention. It’s just me, myself and I. Another plus to getting it done in the morning is it’s out of the way. When I workout in the morning, I feel like I have slayed a dragon and can accomplish anything that day brings. It wakes me up, my day starts right, and I’m ready!
During quiet time
My kids are 5 and 7 and although we do not have naps anymore, we still have ‘quiet time’. Quiet time consist of quiet reading, drawing, and independent playing. Everyone picks a special place in the house and enjoys their time…alone. I take this time to do some Pilates, Yoga or work on my core…you know something quiet.
When Hubby gets home
I sometimes take advantage of the time when hubby gets home. When he arrives, the kids are so wrapped up in seeing dad that they forget about me for a while…[thank you Lord]. I will make sure that dinner is pretty much put together, or it’s something hubby can whip up himself, (if I lay it all out) and head to the gym. Luckily, our gym is not too far so I’m usually back within 45 minutes-1 hour. If the weather is nice, I’ll go for a run instead and enjoy the good weather.
At the park
When the kids go the park, I put on my athletic wear and get active as well. I will do pull ups on the monkey bars, run circles around the playground or complete a workout on my 7 Minute Workout App. We all leave feeling great and accomplished.
Sometimes I will complete a Beachbody workout in the living room with everyone around me. Hubby will more than likely join in and the kids will too if they feel up to it. I love when everyone joins in but at the same time a kid might sit on my back while I’m doing a Plank, not always the best feeling.
Finding time to work on yourself and ensure your happiness and wellness shouldn’t be difficult, after all who is going to take care of you if you are too busy to do it yourself? Check out my post about ME TIME, Can Moms Have It All if you need a little more.