How Moms Can Find Time For Exercise

As a mom, finding time for yourself can seem like an impossible task, even when you’re trying to find time to do something important like exercise. With the demands of parenting, work, and household responsibilities, prioritising exercise can easily take a backseat. However, incorporating regular physical activity into your routine is important as it will improve your overall wellbeing and set a positive example for your children. With that in mind, read on to discover how moms can find time for exercise. 

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Prioritise Self-Care

To find time for exercise, it’s essential that you prioritise self-care and understand just how important this is. Recognise that taking care of your physical and mental health is just as vital and needed as taking care of your family, and in fact, if you want to do the latter, you have to do the former. 

It will be hard to do this to start with if you’re not used to it, but it’s important. Set aside time each day to practice self-care. This could be exercise, but it could also be reading a chapter of your book, standing outside and breathing deeply for ten minutes, or listening to one song that you love. It will depend on how much time you have as to what you do, but eventually you’ll start seeing the benefit, and it will be easier to carve out more and more time, which will give you the time you need to exercise. 

Start with a 30minute routine and work your way up. There are plenty of free exercise videos on YouTube so try them out. Dance fitness, Pilates, Yoga, and Walking are examples of exercises you can try and do to help you keep active. The best part? You can do them in the comfort of your own living room. 

Plan Ahead

If you want to ensure you have time to go to the gym or attend a class at Fitness 19, you need to make sure you plan ahead. If you can see what else you have to do in the week ahead, you can play your exercise in around those appointments. Or you can plan when you want to exercise first, and then plan everything else around those times. Whichever way around you do it, your workout times have to be non-negotiable. In this way, you’ll remind yourself and everyone else how important they are, and you’ll stop making them less of a priority. 

You could use a planner, mobile apps, or even Post-It notes to help you stay on track and not get confused, and you might need to try a few different things to ensure you stay organized and committed, but once you find what works, you can keep using it for planning everything, not just heading to the gym. 

Get Up Earlier 

If you really don’t have time in your day to fit in some exercise (and some people are so busy they just don’t have this time at all), then why not get up earlier? In this way, even if it’s just five or ten minutes, you’ll have time you didn’t have before. 

You can either use that time to exercise, or you can use it to complete other chores and tasks, freeing up time later on if that’s more convenient. Either way, when you get up just a little earlier, it’s amazing just how much more you can get done. 

Dexie Jane

Mother of 2. She drinks coffee everyday and wine on the weekends. She devours massive amount of chocolate, pork, and sushi. She loves to dance in her living room and binge-watches KDRAMA, historical dramas, and excessive unhealthy dose of Crime/Murder mysteries/dramas/documentaries. She's also a proud Bibliophile and loves being a bargain fashionista & SHOEHOLIC!

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