From the moment your kids are out of bed to the time they get back into it at night, your time is not your own. You’re brushing hair, shouting for them to get their shoes on, making sure they eat their breakfast and then you’re rushing out the door. Between work, school and extracurricular activities, you’re lucky if you get 5 minutes of peace in the bathroom, nevermind enough time to fit in some exercise
Staying fit and healthy is important as it will give you the staying power you need to cope with all the requirements of being a parent. You need to make a conscious effort to ensure you make time for yourself to get moving. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Here are a few easy ways to help you find time to exercise as a parent:
If you’re planning to squeeze a gym session in before the morning chaos begins, plan your workout the night before. Lay out your training clothes and make sure have the alarm set for early the next day. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off and get dressed before you have the chance to change your mind. Snoozing is an attractive idea, but the energy earned from exercise is definitely worth more than a few extra minutes in bed.
Lunch Break = Run Break
If you cannot bear the thought of waking up when the rest of the world is snoring, why not schedule a 20 minute workout during your lunch break? Yoga, simple stretching or even a quick run around the office park is going to make all the difference to your life and not your schedule. If you have showers at your office, then all the more reason to get your sweat on! If not, then some yoga or pilates in the boardroom will be enough to get your body moving without the sweat.
Use Your Kids
If your daughter is at ballet why not go for a run during her class rather than sitting flicking through a magazine? On a Saturday morning take the kids for a walk with you. Take them to the park and run laps while they play. By incorporating them in to your exercise routine they’ll feel like they’re having some quality time with their parents and you’ll get your exercise quota in. Local SA mommy blogger, Tanya Kovarsky from Rattle & Mum, was renowned for pushing her then toddler along in his pram when she went for her morning runs. If she can, why can’t you?