Since starting my Facebook page Staying Healthy When Hunger Strikes, I have gotten many questions regarding how I fit exercise into my daily routine while caring for a 2-year old daughter with special needs (PWS) and a 1-year old little firecracker. I am in very fortunate position and count my blessings everyday that I am a stay-at-home mom. But my job never ends and I am constantly on the go with my 1 and 2-year-old daughters.
I tend to workout about 8:30am, when I have the most energy and my girls are awake and ready to play at the gym daycare.
Here are some tips on how to make working out a priority:
1. Schedule your workout
Write it down, pencil it in, alert your phone… do whatever you have to do to remind yourself and make time for YOU. It is important to dedicate some time every day to better yourself. “A 1-hour workout is only 4% or your day.”
2. Choose an appropriate time
If you are not a morning person, do not start waking up at 4:45am to hit the gym, just as if you are not an evening person, do not go to the gym, do an exercise video or go for a run/walk at 8:00pm. If lunch is a time where you are just sitting, make the most of that hour and be productive. Figure out when you have the most energy and workout then.
3. Be prepared
Lay your clothes out, have your socks and shoes ready to go if the alarm is going off at 4:45am or for when you get home from work. If you are working out at lunch or after work, have a gym bag packed with all the essentials to workout. Shoes, shorts, sports bra, tank, socks, headphones, water bottle, deodorant, hair ties, gum, snacks, etc. You want to make your morning easy and be able to grab-and-go.
4. Set up a plan and create goals
Why are you working out? You health, a vacation, to lower body fat, reduce stress, a lifestyle change, a fitness competition or just because. Figure it out the why? Once you have done that.
5. Stay Motivation
Motivation is the first to go. We all do it. January 1st- our New Years Resolution… but how do we make it past those first 90 days? Get a workout partner, a trainer, create a vision board, make non-food goals, follow healthy bloggers, look at websites, get rid of the junk!
**These are tips that work for me. I am not a personal trainer or medical professional. As always, consult a medical professional before starting a new fitness or health plan. **