Hello everyone! I hope everyone is sailing into the New Year with ease and motivation for 2018. I don’t know about you but every New Years I make all these resolutions to be healthier, stay more fit and exercise, make more time for yourself, or be more present in the moment with the best of intentions and mindset. Sometimes these resolutions are achievable and easy to accomplish while other times they just place more pressure on an already very busy life. The point of New Year’s resolutions are to make yourself happier, healthier, and better. One way to do this is to set realistic goals and expectations that you can easily achieve and feel good about. It is so cliché that people promise to get in shape and start working out this time of year. The gym memberships soar, the money invested in workout clothes, classes, and workout equipment quadruple, and the TV is filled with commercials and advertisements for workout machines. We invest in al this time and money into “working out” into the New Year, and come March become overwhelmed with our busy lives and fall short of these goals. Well today I would like to give my top tips on staying fit and feeling good while balancing a very busy life. Lets get started:
My Top Tips On Working Out With A Busy Schedule:
Commit to a Reasonable Amout of Times Per Week to Workout:
- This is a great tip! My goal is to workout 3 times a week not 6. If you pick the right workout, 3 times a week is plenty to stay fit and feel strong. If I have more time to squeeze in more sessions, than I will, but 3 is my goal. Start off with a goal that is not overwhelming. If you are someone that does not workout at all, try to make your goal 1 time per week and work your way up.
Pick The Right Workout:
- Let me explain! As much as I would love to go to a 1 hour workout class, visit the Pilates studio, or hit up the gym I just cannot anymore. With a busy career and 3 kiddos, it’s not accessible for me to get in the car drive somewhere, workout for an hour, and drive home. Before I know it I spent 2 hours from start to finish with my workout routine. These days everything is about convenience and accessibility. Workouts are changing with the times. There are so many phone aps that are 28 minute workouts that you can easily do at home with minimal space and equipment. I have been doing the Kayla Itsines workouts for 3 years and they are my FAVORITE. They are quick 28 minute full body workouts that keep you toned, fit and strong. There are many workouts now that emulate this one, but she is the original and THE BEST!
Make the Commitment:
- I know this is obvious but make the commitment and stick to it. At the beginning of the week, tell your self which days you are going to workout and make it happen. Everyone can find 28 minutes to workout (on our lunch break at work, after the kids go to sleep, or even before your day starts) If you make the commitment and follow through you will find that it isn’t as time consuming as you think.
Give it Some Time:
- As everyone always says, when you start to see and feel results, you become more motivated to the journey. Give your new schedule a month and see how you feel. I am not that person that says “I love working out and it feels amazing”. Nope that is not me. I do, however, like feeling strong, healthy and good, and after you commit to working out, you will start to feel the same. Soon enough, working out will no longer be a to do list but more a lifestyle.
I hope these tips are helpful on your journey. For me working out and staying fit is less about what I look like, and more about how it makes me feel. I promise, one month of starting 28 minute, 3 days a week workouts and you will feel the same way:)