This has to be a question that probably goes through every parents mind. “How do you find the time for fitness with kids?”
It’s one of those questions that has you feeling bad about yourself when you see other parents doing it while you can’t muster up the energy to even begin.
Let’s face it being a parent to young children is tiring/trying/rewarding they need your constant love and attention to survive. You must be thinking how anyone in their right mind can even begin to think about their fitness and health and let’s not forget that pile of dishes that needs washing and the clothes that need folding over there.
Well for me I look at my life in a list of priorities, my children and husband are my first priorities and fitness and health comes a very close second. Why… because these are things that make me feel happy and bring me joy- that may not be the same for everyone. Exercise particularly gives me a boost in energy and mood it gives me that much needed me time, so when I have free time that is what I do, I work on my fitness. I also place importance on rest don’t push the body to do something it absolutely can not do if you are exhausted sometimes a power nap is what you need not 30 mins of high intensity workouts. Rest is part and parcel of my health and fitness regime that is why I don’t workout every single day for me its not necessary for my goals and would place my body under too much stress.
I don’t smoke and don’t drink, rather skip buying the latest shoes and handbag (something in my past I wouldn’t hesitate doing – was a total fashion junkie lol ) or spending lots of money at pubs and bars because at this time in my life I would rather invest in something more worthwhile- my health as it will serve me the longest. So I choose to spend that extra cash on prioritising my health and fitness. Don’t get me wrong every woman loves a bit of retail therapy of course but it doesn’t give the same thrill and benefits as exercising does, well not these days anyway. Well maybe going shopping for workout clothes that’s a good mix.
If fitness is not your priority right now that’s fine but ask yourself this what are your priorities in your life right now, could some of them be re-worked?. Things that you are spending your time and energy on are they nourishing you in the way that you want?
I don’t know anyone EVER who didn’t feel better after a great workout or didn’t enjoy the benefits of eating more healthy, but I bet you can remember the negative effects from some other choices you may have classed a priority before.
This is not me wagging the finger at you, it’s your life and I find the best way to lead it is do it what makes you ‘HAPPY’ for me happy is working out and keeping healthy. What make you happy?
I love this song! 🙂
Try this, it’s very simple and has been done before many times but a great simple task to do.
Make a list of the following things below, give each thing in the list a number out 10. 1 being really not happy with that area in your life, 5 being not bothered either way and 10 being so satisfied you couldn’t be happier how that part in your life is going. You will soon start to see pretty quickly the areas that may need a little focus and areas that you clearly have got a nice grove working. For me fitness is always one because I am constantly setting myself small goals and always want to continue to learn in that area.
- Personal Growth
- Friends & Family Relationships
- Fitness & Health
- Emotional Health
So ok….. If you have recognised fitness as one of your priorities but still don’t have a clue how to find the time for fitness with kids. Well it’s a learning curve and there will never be a hard and fast rule, optimal schedule or a secret trick. In our household we make it work and fit it in when we can. Some of the things we do that helps us.
- Equipment at home
- 24/7 gym memberships
- Workout while the kids sleep
- Involve the kids
- Enlist the help of grandparents and sometimes aunties and uncles to sometimes baby sit
- Tag team our gym workouts after each other
- Plan the workout in advance to get maximum benefit in a short time frame
If it’s important to you, you will find a way
That saying is so true if you really want to do something you will do it and you will do it by any means possible. That was definitely me back in the day when I wanted those awesome pair of heels that I would probably never wear lol. The way to look at finding the time for fitness with kids is not to class them as separate entities make fitness part of your lifestyle and with each day the task of adding it in will not be so daunting it just becomes second nature and something you love to do. Also know that this time in your children’s life where they need you a lot is only for a short period, it won’t always be this difficult to fit it in but it can be achieved. Make sure you involve your loved ones, have all avenues covered so when the opportunity arises you can grab it without both hands /dumbbells. Lol
I would love to hear from you all how do you find the time for fitness with your kids?