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Life is busy. Life as a mom is beyond busy. Still there are ways to squeeze in a workout and the number one way is to make fitness a priority .
Here are 5 ways to make fitness a priority so that you can become fit and stay fit.
1. Set Goals
As a person who loves to run, bike and swim for me setting goals means putting money down to do marathons, triathlons, and a few 5k’s. Once I have put money down I want to train to do my best.
If those are not the sports that keep you motivated your goals are going to look different. Perhaps you are just starting out, your goal then might be to walk a whole mile in less than 20 minutes. If you love Zumba it might be making it through an entire song without missing a step.
2. Schedule It.
It is great to say I am going to workout 5 times this week, but if you don’t sit down and map out when those 5 workouts are going to happen chances are they won’t happen.
Sunday evening sit down with your planner and schedule in your desired workouts. Do not forget to leave yourself time to get ready for them and shower afterwards.
3. Set a high and a low for the week
This is a tip that really works for me. I always plan 6 workouts but if I manage 4 I am happy.
Life gets busy and some days to get the pressing things done we have to skip something. Having a high goal and a low goal of the amount of times you want to work out will help you avoid that ” I missed a workout, I won’t make my goal this week so I might as well skip another” mentality. Instead you end up thinking “I missed today which means I have to workout tomorrow to make my minimum goal”.
4. Be flexible
I work my workout routine around children’s events, my husbands work schedule, and the weather (I prefer being outdoors for my workouts).
One day I might workout first thing in the morning, another day late afternoon, and yet another day early evening.
The more flexible I am with the time of my workouts the more workouts I am able to fit in.
5. Have a Back Up Plan
Perhaps the weather means you can’t get outside for a run, or a sick child means you can’t make it to the gym, make sure you have a great selection of DVD’s at home for these times. Here are a few I love
- For those that have not workout in ages I love Leslie Sansone’s walking DVD’s (anyone is great)
- Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred ( start with 2 pound weights if you have not done strength before)
- Bob Harper’s Pure Burn Super Strength (start with the short workout and build up)
- Mari Winsor’s Pilates (trust me you will feel it the next day, great for toning)
- P90X (just tried this recently and WOW this is intense)
Other Posts In the How To Become And Stay A Fit Mom Series
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