Our lives, now more than ever are exceptionally busy. From early mornings and long commutes, to extended hours at work and stretched family time in the evening; there is no doubt that we are busier than ever.
For a long time I struggled to fit anything aside from work, family time & household duties into my schedule. And for a long time this was fine. Life ticked over at a fast pace, but it was something that I had become accustomed to. Having time for the things that I wanted to do outside of this seemed impossible. The more time I took reflecting upon this, the more I realise that I was making excuses and convincing myself, instead of enabling myself.
I have always been active, even If it has been just regular brisk walking & intense cleaning, and having two little ones with boundless energy certainly helps! I really enjoy being active and find it difficult to be still for long periods of time, which doesn’t always fit hand in hand with a desk job!
I have found that I can fit exercise into my daily routine, in short structured sessions. I am fortunate, in that I have a reasonable level of fitness, so my training is focused around building muscle strength and toning, which can easily be slot into my day.
I complete this routine four times a week, with a few small cardio sessions in between:
After I have put my little ones to bed around 7:30, the house is quiet and I start by putting on some good workout music. I have a few dedicated playlists on Apple music that are my go-to’s.
I start with a 15 minute cardio session, which I round up with some basic stretching. I include:
Jogging on the spot, jogging with high knee’s, star jumps.
I then complete 3 sets of the following:
10 squats with barbell supporting 6kg.
10 sets of bicep curls with 6kg barbell.
If I can manage any more, I try to bring myself to exhaustion.
After this I work on abs and do 50 sit-ups, holding a 4kg weight, then finish with Russian twists. I try and do as many of these as I possibly can, before collapsing.
When my heart rate is resting again, I finish my workout with some stretches to warm down.
I can do all of this in 30 minutes, comfortably, meaning I still have time to get the clothes ready for the morning, prepare lunches and of course work on my blog!
To all the mums out there, I would recommend taking the step. It can seem daunting, but I have so much more energy and feel great after working out. It really helps with confidence both in mind and body. I do all my workouts from the comfort of my own home, with no judgement. We can all make time for the things that are important, and maintaining a healthy mind and body is vital to sustaining a long and happy life.
How do you fit exercise into your day? What are your biggest challenges when looking to start exercising?
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