Probably the most common question I get asked when meeting new people or catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a while is how I find the time and/or energy to workout so much, be in such good shape, and stay so healthy.
This is such a hard question for me to answer. It’s not even really a challenge for me to find the time or energy to do it. Working out is just such a part of my daily routine. It’s like my morning cup of joe. I would struggle through the day without some sort of physical activity.
Now, I don’t want to make it sound like I don’t have those days I feel lazy or my schedule is jam-packed down to the minute. I do! We all do!
But, I have made living a healthy life a priority for myself and my family.
Ways to Get Motivated
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Working out doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated, it should be fun! Choose a small goal first, maybe getting your heart rate up for 30 minutes every single day for a month. That’s something small that will make a huge impact on your health and mood.
- Involve your family. Maybe your children like to be outside or go to a nearby park. Use that as an opportunity to wear those kids down for bedtime while you get moving. I’ve added some ideas you can do with your kids below.
- Post about it. Just like they say, if you don’t post it on social media, did it even really happen? Let your friends on Instagram see you getting sweaty. I bet you will be surprised by how many motivating comments and likes you will get. And probably motivate a friend along the way.
Ways to Get Moving
I am a huge fan of a quick workout that will get your heart rate up in lil spurts, easy and does not take too much time out of your busy, mommy day.
Here are some great strengthening workouts I did at the park today with my kids, while they played. These are beginner moves that any of you can do and as they get easier, just ramp up the intensity.
Start out with 2 set of 10 reps of each. In between each, move get your heart rate up somehow, whether its a brisk walk, light jog or even just jumping jacks in place for 2-5 minutes.
I think you’ll be surprised by how much your children might actually want to get involved. I burned over 200 calories in 30 minutes today, and it was fun!
One Leg Squats
Extended Arm Planks on Swing Seat
My wish for all of you is a life of happiness, love and health, whatever you choose to do. Life’s too short to sit around waiting to start tomorrow.
Get up today and see how easy a journey to health really can be.
And as always, consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.