That’s right, stop with the bull$h!t excuses you use to justify that missed training session.
The truth is that you have to make the time; you can’t rely on finding the time. Time is a precious commodity in today’s modern world and it’s never going to perfect time to train when there are so many other things that can take priority. You need to make your health and fitness a priority too, and structure a realistic schedule that works with your weekly schedule.
Train in the mornings
Yip, get it out of the way so that you don’t have the option to put it off later in the day. Training in the morning presents the opportunity of managing your time more effectively, all it requires is that you wake up earlier (that also means going to bed a little earlier). By shifting your schedule up by an hour can deliver tremendous benefits.
Sure, not everybody wants to go to sleep earlier. Some of us don’t want to miss out on the latest episode of our favourite TV show. If that’s the case then some more truth needs to be served… You have to make sacrifices, like your television time for example, to make space for the stuff that really matters in life like your health and fitness. Watching copious amounts of television isn’t good for you in any case.
Use your support system
If you’re a mom and can’t leave the kids unsupervised, arrange with your significant other to pick up the parent duties in the early morning while you get your workout in. Having help two out of the five work days in the week can help a lot. If that option is out of the question then consider a home-based workout. They can also be effective if structured in the correct way and are easy to accommodate into your day, even when the kids are running around. All it requires is some planning. If you research some effective home workouts and plan that into your morning routine the probability is high that you’ll make those workout sessions.
Plan a schedule
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Set your weekly training schedule in advance, down to the workout moves and rep structures you plan to incorporate. This will afford you more time to actually work out rather than figuring out how to work out.
Workouts that might interest you:
Find other opportunities to be active
Combining social and physical events is a great way to build family and/or friendship bonds. Hiking, cycling (teaching your child to ride) or doing a group fitness class with your ‘bestie’, are all great ways to catch up and get quality time in while being active.
Maximise your weekends
After a long week working and parenting I’m sure you’re looking forward to sleeping in or just being lazy. However, if your week-day workouts weren’t up to scratch or you missed a few it is important to use the weekends to fit in your fitness. Note: a workout only has to last for between 45 minutes to one hour. Even if you do that twice you’re still left with plenty time to enjoy your weekend.
The 80/20 principle
Yes, your diet really is the most important element. To be more specific, it’s 80% diet, 20% training. So, if you keep eating right you’ll remain on track. Don’t let your diet go out the window simply because you didn’t make your training session(s).
The biggest obstacle you’ll face is yourself. It’s not always easy, but it is always possible to change your situation. Being realistic is of utmost importance. Setting manageable expectations is the key, start easy and don’t give up if you missed one (or two or three) workouts. Be flexible, move your workout if you have work or family commitments, just don’t let it slide. Knowing that your routine is flexible and allows freedom might make you more inclined to stick with it. It shouldn’t feel like strict regimented approach.
Truth be told, other moms and career women (and working moms making their way up the corporate ladder) make it work, and so can you. Take the time to plan for your fitness and you’ll find that making changes and getting used to the new norm might be quicker and easier than expected.
After all, you have nothing to lose, – except for those love handles…
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.