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Feb 1, 2016

10 Tips for Busy Moms Who Want to be More Active

 Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger Theresa Walker - BeachBody Coach

Being a mom, it is challenging to find time for myself.  Fitness often falls to the bottom of the list right under nap time.  But once I started, I noticed exercise really gave me a lot more energy; more energy to tackle the rest of what I had to accomplish that day!  Don't be fooled, you don't need an expensive gym membership either, you can do things right in your own home to burn calories.  And you don't need to dedicate an hour a day, 20-30 minutes can get the job done.  Here are some tips that helped me get on track and stay consistent. 


1. Set your goals. Start with specifics, for example: to exercise 3x a week, try a new workout routine, lose 10lbs etc.  Write it down.  You will never reach your goals if you don't know what you want them to be and how you plan to get there.

2. Schedule. We schedule everything else in our lives, why not schedule our workouts? Get up early, do it during nap time, video game time, after dad gets home so he can watch the kids etc. Make a point to find the best time for you and do it, don't put it off.

3. Prepare. Set your alarm, lay out your clothes, or wear your workout clothes until you workout for the day! If you know your kids need entertainment, pick out a movie or game to keep them occupied.
 

4. Involve the family. If you can't find alone time, why not everyone go for a bike ride, walk or run? Ever let your kids workout with you? Why not, most kids love to do jumping jacks and to even try things like planks. 

5. Find a workout buddy or accountability partner.  If you have a friend meeting you for a run, you aren't very likely to bail.


6. Find something in 30 minutes or under to do. You don't need to spend an hour you may not have, 20-30 minutes is a decent time to workout.  Don't have that?  Even 10 a day is better than nothing.  You can even break it up- ten minutes in the morning, ten after lunch and ten after dinner.  It adds up!


7. Check out Pinterest or FitnessBlender.com for free and quick workouts you can do at home.  You don't need a gym or to spend hundreds of dollars on workout programs.  Once you find what you like to do and works for you, then invest in what that activity might be.  If you try HIIT and don't like it, try bike riding, tennis, walking, running, yoga, pilates, circuit training, there is SO much out there, you will find an activity you enjoy!

8. Prioritize.  Once you get started, it takes a while for something to become a habit.  Fitness should become a habit for you, if you prioritize it!  Can dusting wait one more day? Can you DVR a favorite show and watch it later?  Can you tell yourself it's OK to focus on yourself for 30 minutes and the other things can wait?  Being healthy for yourself and your kids, should be a priority in your life.   

9. Define Your WHY.  This can be huge, sometimes we know we should do something, but we don't exactly think about why it is important.  Take a little time to define your reason for wanting to take time to take care of yourself and your body.  Think of it on days you are feeling lethargic or stressed, remember there is a reason fitness is important. 

10.  Use a journal to log your progress and struggles.  Seriously, a written journal or something on your laptop or phone, whatever it is; you should make some quick notes each day.  Include the positive changes you made, also include the things you need to work on.  Also mention how you are feeling, are you feeling more energetic?  After a few months it is nice to look and see how much better you feel, to notice the difference.

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