How Working Moms Make Time for Fitness

“It’s about making time, not finding time”

You might have heard this saying often, and if you’re a mom working an 8-5 or similar (even 8 to anything) I know that your standard response to this be: “it’s easier said than done”. And I don’t blame you – I’m WITH you!

But how do some moms make it look so effortless, is it really possible to have it all? A career and a family life with a good dose of ‘me’ time? Save the eyeroll, here’s the truth:

They prioritise

Yip, lets open with this one. To be successful at something is to remain committed. In order to do that, the task has to be high on your list of priorities. By establishing how your goal ranks alongside other work and life obligations is a good start.

By prioritising your workout sessions you assign a value to them – and the commodity is time. If it is important, you will make the time.

They train on weekends

Goodbye lazy days! While many people use weekends for recovery, maximising efforts on more flexible days like weekends is one sure way to hit your activity goals. If your days are slammed with travelling, managing school schedules and hitting deliverables at work, weekends are a good place to clear your head and set aside the hustle of life.

But beware, do not push yourself to burnout. You cannot burn the candle at both ends. Start with utilising either Saturday or Sunday for training. Or if you’d like to utilise both days, make sure that you have a day during the week where you can take it easy (this is code for get a healthy take-out or make your partner cook!)

They go to bed early

Early to bed, early to rise. We know that enough shuteye is crucial, and if you’re fitting in gym sessions before your world wakes up it’s essential to get sufficient rest.

They learn how to say no

working momPutting yourself first isn’t an easy task, especially when you have your family depending on you. If you give a lot of your time and emotions to situations filled with drama, your cup will run empty. Likewise with setting boundaries for your children. Remember that you are not their best friend, but a parent. Help them become confident individuals who can manage themselves by not doing everything for them, even if that requires them to fail from time to time. Help build a strong character by showing your children the value of investing in your own emotional health.

They ask for help

Admitting you’re not superwoman is the first step. Make use of any support structure you have available, your partner / spouse / siblings / friends / family / parents. It’s not weakness or failure as a hardcore mother to reach out and ask for help managing work and life.

Majority of families today rely on a dual income, and sadly it’s still the norm in the workplace for males out-earn their female counterparts. If your significant other brings home more bacon than you, try find workarounds by being honest about your goals and ask how they can take some household tasks of your plate. (or re-read the point above)

They set a schedule

Make it happen. Again this connects to a priority, if you want something bad enough you’ll find a way to do it – or you’ll find excuses. Make cooking and getting that workout in a part of your day, just like you would schedule a meeting.

They fail, but rather than stop they start again.

They mess up more than you think they do, but what they have going for them is commitment. Once you have things starting to fall in place and have something that resembles a schedule, keep going! It’s fine if you miss a workout – just catch the next one.

They remain flexible

When you stop chasing the goal of a balanced life, you might find the inner peace you’re searching for. Accept that things will generally never go as planned. When you remain flexible you’ll bounce back from a setback so much quicker….

They maximise training time

With little time at your disposal, getting the most from a workout is crucial. Go for HIIT sessions if you want something that packs a punch. 

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Author: Tanja Schmitz

Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.