(As contributed on www.ThisFitsMe.com on 7.25.14)
(As contributed to http://www.ThisFitsMe.com on 7.25.14)As moms, we all have been faced with the same question. How do I find the time to get fit in my already hectic schedule? Time after time we try to squeeze a workout into our daily lives as if it is a non-priority. Ladies, it is time to PRIORITIZE!
Here are 4 proven ways to add fitness to your life and become your number one priority:
1. Make an Appointment
Just as you make your weekly nail appointment or schedule your kids’ playdates, make an appointment with exercise.
Even if it’s only a 15 minute walk around the block, a 30 minute yoga video in your living room, or a 45 minute Zumba class at the gym. Take time for yourself and get active. So, get out your calendars (on your smart phone or in that appointment book) and schedule times throughout the week you will commit to get fit and stick to it!
2. Make it Fun
When planning your workouts, include things that are not only challenging, but also fun.
Remember, workouts don’t always have to be the standard jog on the treadmill or bicep curls in the weight room. If you love to play tennis, go do that! As a matter of fact, take a friend and go play at the courts in your local park. Go play tag in the backyard with the kids. Not only will they have fun spending quality time running around with you, but you will too. When was the last time you played outside? You’ll have so much fun you won’t even realize you’re working out!
3. Plan Ahead
In order to always be workout ready, you must be prepared.
Have a packed gym bag in the trunk of your car, ready for those last minute or impromptu visits to the gym. You know, for those times when you leave work late with no time to stop at home and hit the gym before you pick up the kids? Or, have a bag already packed siting by the front door. Now you don’t have to take the time to search for your bag and pack it every time you want to go to the gym. It’s conveniently waiting for you as you head out the door. Now you won’t have any excuse to miss your workout. You’ll already have your gym bag packed and ready to go.
4. Get Real
When you decide to start getting fit and live a healthier lifestyle, be sure to set realistic goals for yourself.
Although we want to challenge ourselves, setting unrealistic goals does more harm than good. More often than not, it leads to us quitting and going back to being last on the priority list.
For example, losing 30 pounds in 10 days is an unrealistic goal that will not only send your body into shock, but is so extreme that if you are able to lose that 30 pounds, you will most certainly gain it back and then some.
Let’s take care of our bodies and be patient with our goals. If 30 pounds is what you want to lose, do it the right way by incorporating healthy meal and exercise plans and stick to them and give it time.
Time and consistently are crucial to your success!
Ladies, we all want to look good, feel good, and be healthy, but the only way to get there is to make ourselves a priority. You take care of everyone else, so be sure to take of yourself.
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