Tips for working exercise into your already hectic schedule.
Whether you want to drop some pounds or just want to be more physically fit, working out is important for everyone. Here are my tips for working exercise into an already hectic schedule.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You drop the kids off at school with a laundry list of things to do, part of those being work related tasks and part being home or kid related. The next thing you know, the kids are walking back through the door. It seems like there is never enough time, especially when kids are added to the mix.
I thought about that earlier this year as I stood on the scales for the first time in six months and cringed. This year is a milestone birthday for me. I won’t go into detail about which milestone because I don’t think it really matters. When you reach one of those pivotal points in your life, you tend to analyze where you are and where you want to be.
Why I Needed A Change
For me, that analysis had me looking for convenient ways to start exercising and eating better. I used to work out regularly. Even after my second child was born, I’d pop her in the stroller while my oldest was at school. We’d walk around the block or to a neighborhood walking park. While my daughter would either sleep or watch everything passing by at a rapid pace, I walked as fast as I could.
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It wasn’t until my third child was about a year old that the inconvenience of loading two kids into a double stroller finally took its toll. Because of the inconvenience, I gradually quit. Not surprising, that’s when the weight started accumulating. Six years and thirty pounds later, I became dedicated again.
My younger two are now in school, so I have no excuse not to start working out again. But the sad thing is that my youngest is in the first grade. Counting pre-K, that means I could have been working out for the last two and a half years and didn’t. The why isn’t too hard to figure out. You get into a routine, and it’s hard to change it. Add in that there is always something that will vie for your time, and it’s not surprising that I didn’t start back exercising.
How to Do It
I knew that the one way I’d be able to get into the routine of working out and not let life get in the way would be to work it around my current schedule. For me, the best time turned out to be as soon as I drop the kids off at school in the morning.
Instead of coming home, I go straight to the walking park. I know that if I go home first, there’s a good chance something will come up. Then exercising will get put off until tomorrow. We are all aware that sometimes tomorrow never comes.
Another way that I make sure to workout is to pack my phone and earbuds and put on my walking shoes before leaving to drive the kids to school. That way I’m completely ready to start walking. I’ll also work in a few stretches between combing my kids’ hair and timing their teeth brushing session.
Of course, joining a gym is a good option. I know that if I pay for a gym membership, I will be more apt to go. But being an introvert, I don’t like being around a bunch of people. That’s why I like the walking park.
During the winter months, I would often find that I was the only person hitting the trail in the morning. Now that it’s warmer, more people are flocking to the track, but it’s still not as crowded as a gym.
Evaluate Your Schedule
The point is to self-evaluate. Look at your current schedule and be realistic when finding the best time that works for you. Perhaps after work but before picking up the kids, or during your child’s practice, or even after the kids go to bed.
You could have the children join you in your workout session. I’ve found that I tend to go at a slower pace when kids are involved, though. Plus, this should be more about you. While it’s nice to have a partner, children aren’t the best option for a daily workout buddy.
That doesn’t mean you can’t add in weekend trips to the park to play ball or even a backyard race on a weeknight. Most experts agree that adding exercise throughout your day is the best way to lose the most amount of weight while getting more physically fit.
Make A Plan
Whether your plan is to wake up earlier, use your lunch break, or an after-dinner jog, just making a plan that works for you will make it easier to stick to. Whatever you choose, be sure it’s a time you can stick with. Soon it will become a part of your daily routine. Also, if your schedule changes, be sure to reevaluate instead of allowing your fitness routine to fall by the wayside.
And if you worry that putting yourself above others is selfish, just ask yourself where everyone else would be if you weren’t around to take care of them. If helping others isn’t a great reason to take care of yourself, I don’t know what is.
Remember, only through perseverance will you reach accomplishment. If you have any tips for working exercise into your schedule, be sure to leave a comment. I’m always on the lookout for more ways to help me stick to my routine.