Got kids? Got free time? Yeah, right. You’ve barely got time to shower.
If you’re a busy mum or dad trying to stay fit how exactly are you meant to find time to workout?
It’s challenging, but possible. The key? Hussle.
Hussle so that you can enjoy your awesome kids, shuttle them back and forth to clubs and classes, yet have time to achieve your own goals too. Here’s how:
ORGANISE THE MORNING RUSH
Chaotic mornings can exhaust you before you’ve even begun. Remove the stress by planning precisely and prepping ahead the night before. This frees up time for some bodyweight exercises or a couple of speedy compound moves.
Being spontaneous is great – but busy parents don’t often have that luxury. If you need time to yourself it needs to go on the calendar between the football matches and birthday parties.
Tell everyone your schedule. If everyone knows you’re not available between 6.30 and 7pm because you’re going for a run they won’t question it. They may even remind you to go!
Certain tasks – like reading the news, checking email and “just popping out” for more milk – often sap our time. Tackle them in batches to limit time-wasting and you’ll boost your efficiency and free up fitness time. Here’s some ways to do it:
Your 150 minutes of weekly exercise can be broken down into small, yet mighty, units.
Three minutes of squats here, ten press ups there, a quick swim in your lunchbreak, or some cheeky glute raises whilst watching NetFlix. Your workout minutes magically creep up! Add on some NEAT – using the stairs instead of the lift, cycling instead of driving – and you’re almost there.
There are loads of ways to get fit as a family. Go on a bike ride, take long weekend hikes, do some home workouts together, take up a sport (karate, badminton etc). You not only get fit – you get quality family time.
Teach your kids how to Hussle too. Show them they can play a game of football in the park, then dash back for an hour of Xbox time. Happy kids, happy (and fit) mums and dads!
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I am definitely guilty of just checking my email and I'm still there 20 minutes later due to getting sidetracked by non-essential stuff. I have found it helps a lot to resist checking more than once a morning, once in afternoon and once in evening.
Exercising in small chunks has saved my fitness. I am not going to the gym today as it's my turn to collect the kids but have just done 5 minute dumbbell workout, and later will do 100 squats.
Organising the mornings are definitely my way of feeling in control and giving myself time. I even have time to do some 5 minutes of yoga stretches!