Finding balance between life and fitness is a goal you hear many people talk about, especially moms. It can be a constant struggle taking the time to work on yourself when you’re also taking care of your kids. How do you manage a daily workout when you can’t manage a daily shower without interruptions? Even world renowned tennis champion Serena Williams has to work hard at finding that balance:
“I still have to learn a balance of being there for her, and being there for me. I’m working on it. I never understood women before, when they put themselves in second or third place. And it’s so easy to do. It’s so easy to do.” - Serena Williams
While it's so important to carve some time for yourself, mom guilt always kicks in. There are ways to make your health a priority. Set some goals, monitor your progress. Studies show that people who work out consistently, are more energetic, efficient with their time and are happier in general. Don't you owe it to yourself and your kids, to live your best life? Trust us, your kids will thank you for it.
Here’s 5 tips that have worked for other fit moms to make that balance a little bit easier:
- Find the right time for your schedule. Many people recommend waking up at the crack of dawn to get your exercise in before the bustle of the day. If you know waiting will give you more and more reasons to put your workout off then this may be the best option for you. Get it done before the distractions! However, we understand sleep can already be extremely limited for some moms (hello sleep regressions!) and every precious hour of sleep is important. If this is the case, then fit a workout in right after your kids’ bedtime routine, before you’ve had a chance to sit down. There is no wrong or right time to exercise be it morning, nap time, bedtime or somewhere in-between. Find the schedule that works for you.
- Treat your workouts like meetings and doctors appointments and show up! If you have the ability, work out a routine with your partner. Schedule an hour on the treadmill or an hour at a Pilates class and have your partner watch the kids so you can keep that appointment. You wouldn't cancel an important meeting, so don't cancel your important workout!
- If alone time isn’t possible, then find ways to bring the kids along. Is there a gym class your kids can take? How about a run around the park? Even a long day walking around the zoo will get your heart rate going. Choose activities that will entertain your kids while also getting you up and moving.
- Make it as easy as possible. Getting out of the house may be easier said than done, so if you make your workout easy to do at home then you may find more success in sticking with a routine. Whether it’s doing a quick youtube workout in your living room or running on your home treadmill, there are many ways to stay fit and stay home. A home cardio machine is a great way to set yourself up for success. Most have preprogrammed workouts, so all you have to do is press a button and get going. Plus there are great compact designs that won’t take up a lot of space (more room for toys!)
- Be realistic and take little strides when needed. Sneaking in 5 minutes between naps, prepping meals or carpooling can save time and add up to a full workout throughout the day. No one ever said you have to block a full hour. Get creative with your schedule and your windows of opportunity.
We know that finding a balance between fitness and being a mom isn’t easy, but the strength of a mother is second to none. You will surprise yourself with what you are capable of and your kids will thank you for being the absolute best version of yourself that you can be. Get started today!