If I had a pound for every time I heard ‘I don’t have the time to workout’…
Don’t get me wrong, I am aware that we as women are busier than ever, so they say, and there are a few that are literally so busy they don’t have a spare minute. Personally there are days that I don’t have the time to train, once in a while, however most days I decide to not make the time.
For the most part I enjoy working out and even when I’m not keen, I am always glad that I did by the end. And I think there is the point, workouts are rarely ever regretted afterward. Here are some things to consider that I use during a normal working busy week…
Is it an active day?
On days I teach I can be on my feet walking, standing and demonstrating art techniques for 8 hours. On one of my days off teaching a week I spend most of the day cleaning the entire house, lifting and playing with the 2 youngest kids and hauling dirty, washed and folded laundry back and forth for 7 people. Other days I am able to take a leisurely walk to school with the kids, meet a friend for coffee, cuddle up on the sofa and read library books or have a film night with the kids. You have to look at your day and how much you are moving doing your regular things. I try to fit in the sprint training or runs on days that I know are slower and that I won’t be moving that much and leave the short 30 minute HIITs or weights for days that I’m pretty active.
What’s my Time?
I am a morning person for sure and struggle with productivity after dinner in the evening. Therefore, my normal time to train is before anyone wakes up, even on days I teach. I wake about 5:45 and literally put my kit on and start my workout, either run or HIIT normally for 30-45 minutes depending on the day. This normally gives me about 10-15 minutes to shower and get ready before I wake the others and we start our day. I love this early morning routine as it’s done quick and gives me loads of energy for the rest of the day plus gets my metabolism going just in time for breakfast.
I can always tell a difference in energy and mood when I miss my early morning train. However since 6 weeks ago we welcomed our newest baby into the world and I have been recovering from a C-Section. Therefore, although I am training now, this is more flexible while I am still breastfeeding and off on maternity leave. This normally happens during baby’s morning nap around 10am. The point is that you need to find out when you can get that 30 minutes in and the best time of day for you. It might take a couple of weeks to get used to it but long term it will get easier.
Short and Sweat!
You can get more out of 30 minutes of hard intense work than a hour of moderate exercise. I aim for 5-6 days a week doing something, 30 minutes minimum , that makes me sweat. After most workouts I need to be breathless and quite sweaty or I haven’t pushed myself. Most people massively underestimate what their bodies can do. You may have to start out with small amounts of time but you should push yourself each workout to the point that you would struggle to carry on a conversation if you want to see results. (This is assuming you have been cleared for exercise by a doctor and don’t have any underling health problems) Go that little extra and see gains.
Kids aren’t an excuse!
Just 2 nights ago I found myself at 5pm and I hadn’t’ trained yet. I did a 30 minute HIIT workout in the living room with my youngest child (6 weeks old) on a play mat next to me. I periodically talked to him and gave him a kiss. He seemed generally entertained and by the end I was drenched with sweat.
Other times my husband and both have played football, challenge courses, tag or running races with our kids. My daughter and I practice gymnastics and yoga balances, I’m crap at most of them but I feel the burn! Parks are always good to find something to climb, do squats on, balance and do pull ups. The possibilities are endless, you just have to be creative.
Oh, and if you are thinking ‘Er…don’t fancy being that weird mum at the park trying to break a sweat’, consider this: What matters more, what a couple of random folk think about you or the fact you are strong, healthy and in shape enough to properly play with your kids and haven’t sacrificed loads of time with them each day doing it?
So crank out some pull-ups on the monkey bars when its free, pop some burpees out during nap time and fit it in. You won’t regret it, promise.