Finding time for health and fitness can be a challenge. As a parent, there is so much to do every single day, from childcare to work to chores and more, that it feels like you never get a spare moment entirely to yourself. Because of this, it’s easy to sacrifice your health and fitness for things you deem more important, but is this the best thing to do?
You always think that you’ll have more time later to work out, but by the time later rolls around, you’re too exhausted, or there’s something else to do. Instead of waiting for later, then, why not try squeezing in fitness where you can. If you don’t know how to do that, here are some tips.
Keep the Costs Down
One worry with fitness is sticking to a budget. Can you really afford a fancy gym membership when you’ve got mouths to feed? It can feel selfish, but you shouldn’t abandon your health altogether.
Rather than invest in a luxury gym subscription, complete with a sauna, swimming pool, and regular massage, think about joining affordable gyms, such as Fitness 19. If even this feels like too much, there are plenty of ways that you can work out for free, whether it’s at home, going for runs, or joining friends for free workout activities that will motivate all of you to stay in shape.
Take Advantage of Every Free Moment
If you feel too busy for an hour or two of exercise, the next best thing is to take advantage of as much spare time as possible. While it might feel like you will not have an extra second to yourself, you may be surprised once you think about it.
Consider how often you sit playing on your phone, absently scrolling through the news or social media. Furthermore, what about watching TV or listening to music. During this time, you can use resistance bands, hand strengtheners, do some yoga, or invest in a step machine that will give you something to do while you multitask.
Make Lifestyle Changes
Sometimes, you need to make lifestyle changes if you want to see marked improvements in your health. This can be a change in diet or habits, or it can be getting up a little earlier every morning or going to bed later). These changes can be challenging to make at first, but with enough willpower, you will find that you have a little more time to get stuff done without being unable to do other things.
If you want to go for runs, eat healthier, or start the day with some yoga, these lifestyle changes will make it easier to do so. If you struggle, consider getting your partner or friend to try it with you, so that you can motivate one another.
Squeezing It In
Finding the time, money, and energy to stay in shape is never easy for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for parents with so much to accomplish every single day. Despite this, it’s not impossible, and while it may take some practice and a little creativity here and there, you can maintain fantastic healthy habits and ensure that everything gets done when it needs to be.
How do you squeeze fitness in your busy day? Let me know in the comments below!