Got Kids? Tips on Finding Time for Fitness

By Donna Kostiew

One of the toughest jobs to do is being a parent. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished, and finding the time to get even just the essentials done can be difficult. So it’s no wonder that we often push our own health, our own time for exercise, to the side. The truth is that even though our minutes seem to be consumed with everything “child-related,” with a little creativity and time management, it is possible to find an extra 30 to 45 minutes for ourselves.

Finding the Time

Having a regular exercise schedule is important to keep your body healthy, in shape, and energized … and we all know that energy is worth more than gold during these busy times of our lives. Here are some suggestions on where you can find that extra time.

After-school sports/classes – While your children are at practice, dance, or music class, use that time to head to the gym or take a run around the track. Perhaps even another parent who is sitting in their car will want to join you?

Waking up with the sun – One thing that never changes from day to day is that you end up being pulled into a million different directions before you even have a chance to think about what to make for dinner. So why not avoid all of that craziness and just set your alarm a little bit earlier? Sure, it will probably still be dark outside, but it may be nice to have some quiet time without distractions to focus on yourself.

Lunch breaks – Use this time wisely, especially if you have long lunch breaks. If you don’t want to go to the gym and get sweaty in the middle of the day, then just take a walk or climb a flights of stairs in your office building.

Just schedule it – You schedule everything else … you create daily to-do lists, you menu plan, and your family calendar is probably color coded. So why not just pen in your time to work out? And notice I said pen in and not pencil in, because if we imply that it’s not important, that it can be changed at a moment’s notice, more likely than not, it won’t happen.

Sharing a sitter –Grab a friend, or grab a couple, and pitch in to share a babysitter together. This will help you stay motivated and as a group of workout buddies, you can hold each other accountable.

Choosing to find time in your busy life to focus on your health is an important step to overall wellness. Hopefully one of these options will encourage you to look at your schedule and put yourself first.

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