Top Tips: Exercise Motivation for Busy Parents
Running around from work to school pick-ups to doctor’s appointments and finally making it home just in time for dinner and bedtime. Sound familiar? While we all want to embrace a healthy, happy and active lifestyle, our busy day-to-day schedules can make it hard to find time for exercise.
Check out our top tips to help you find the motivation and stick to it!
Make Exercise Fun
When you think of the word ‘fitness’ or ‘exercise’ the word ‘fun’ doesn’t usually come to mind. But we’ll let you in on a secret – it can be! Dancing around the house, hiking in the woods, or swimming in the lake are great ways to get exercise and keep it fun.
You can even do it right in your own house! If you’ve only a few minutes to spare each day to get your heart rate going, hop on the trampoline for a quick workout. Have steps in your house? Run up and down 20 times and you’ll be sweating in no time. All you need is 10 minutes!
Active Family Time
Turning exercise into quality, family time makes it more rewarding. Fitness expert Miranda Malisani literally uses her kids in her workouts.
Bonding and body building. This type of strength building is far deeper than my muscles. We've been doing this together since he was two and it's just part of his world. We both look forward to it. I'm not sure how long he'll want to jump on my back while I do push-ups or how long I'll be able to hold him. I have a feeling he'll be throwing me over his shoulder in a few short years. But each time I cherish it. Tonight we did 3 sets of 5 push-ups with him on my back (that's a big deal for me) and he told me good job mom. My heart (and arms) melted right there. #momlife #momandson #fitmom #fit #pushups #bodykindness #strength #fitspo #myboys #love
Does that seem a little daunting? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with other fun ideas to get you started:
- Weekend walks. Explore a forest, garden or even the city with your family. Pack a healthy picnic and take the time to enjoy the walk together.
- Kick a ball around after school with the kids. Whether soccer, basketball, or baseball is your thing, getting involved in some intense but fun family competition can be a great bonding experience that’s sure to work up a sweat!
- Walk the dog. The dog needs to be walked and you need to get some exercise. It’s a win-win situation!
Sneak Quick Workouts Into Your Day
You’ll be amazed at how much of a workout you can get in everyday activities. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park further away from your destination so you have to walk.
A little can go a long way!
Just Start Somewhere
It’s so easy to put your fitness off, to make excuses and talk yourself out of exercise. But cliché as it sounds, the hardest part is to just start.
And once you’ve begun, you’ll find it’s easier to keep going. Make an effort to do activities you really enjoy every week. Then make it every day. Once you’ve got a rhythm you’ll find the motivation comes easy!