Do you have a busy schedule? Have the kids got to school on time, you to work on time, washing done, house tidy, bills paid, dinner cooked, dishes done – what about training?? Here are our top tips on how to juggle life and fitness.
Are you struggling to fit everything into your day? Trust us, you’re not alone. Most of us find the whole “juggling act” very difficult, not to mention extremely overwhelming. And all too often the easy excuse of “I don’t have time” pops up.
The good news, it is just that – an excuse! With a few tips, we’re confident that everyone can get more out of their experiences and find time to fit in the things that matter, to make you and your family a happier and healthier unit.
Make a schedule – use a diary or calendar. If needs be, sit down and write out what you do and when you do it in a typical workday. By planning ahead for what is about to hit, you can go about organising your day/week to fit in all important events, PLUS, be able to see where you have time to fit in your training. For example, if you know you are going to have a work meeting late one afternoon, you know you are going to need to train in the morning – even if it means getting up that little bit earlier than usual!
If you are finding that you don’t have the time to get to the actual gym, why not take your runners with you to your kids’ sports training session and fit in a quick 30-minute body weight circuit/run while they’re training? Beats sitting and wasting time waiting, plus it means that your kids have got to their training AND you’ve got in and done your session for the day!
Goal setting is motivating. If you are motivated to do something, you WILL find the time! Be realistic and set a goal that is challenging, but achievable and also, one that is measurable – you need to know whether you have achieved it or not. Make sure you give yourself a time frame to have achieved it by. For example, be able to complete 10 unassisted chin-ups by the end of the month. Then reward yourself when the hard work has been completed!
Sometimes, the most organised of days, still don’t quite go to plan. When this happens, it’s all good. Rather than resenting the unexpected extras that have crept into your day, give yourself the afternoon off and realise that you can just train a little harder next session. A break never hurt anybody!
Are you having fun?
If you are just turning up and “going through the motions”, it is unlikely that you’ll stick with it, or will be getting many benefits out of it. Change it up, add some variety and get the whole family involved. An impromptu family bike ride, game of tiggy or touch footy can be a stack of fun, an awesome workout, and create great times spent with family.
Finally, remind yourself at the end of the day, that you are doing a great job! Time is extremely precious and if you can be a little organised, you and your whole family will reap the benefits of a stronger, healthier and happier you.