Last week, I shared how exercise is part of the basic foundation in living a balanced life.
But how do you make time for fitness? Everything else seems more important – your job, children and managing the home. The last thing you want to do at the end of an exhausting day is 30 minutes of cardio. I know that, and the answer is, you have to simplify. Otherwise its not going to work.
Here are a few of the ways I fit fitness into my daily life. I’ve been doing these things for years – not just since I quit my day job. By simplifying your expectations, you can make everyday fitness fit into your life. Give some of these a try.
- Yoga. If the thought of joining a classroom of limber vixens scares you, try yoga at home for a while. This post will give you some easy ideas on how to do that.
- Walks. Bundle up and head outdoors or walk indoors – at home, a gym or shopping center. (Note: If you are on a budget, don’t bring your wallet.)
- Running. Start slow. Try 5 minutes of running with 5 minutes of walking and listen to your body. If that feels like too much, decrease the time even more. When you start slow, you give your body time to build up muscles and endurance without burning out.
- 10 minute solution videos on Netflix. If I’m pressed for time, the 10 minute solution series is perfect for fitting in a heart-pumping workout without the time constraint. You can mix it up with pilates, yoga, kickboxing and toning – they’re all broken up into 10 minute increments.
- At home workouts. When I have the time, I push myself with more intense programs like P90-x or Insanity. I don’t always complete the workouts - I simply do as much as I’m comfortable with. Turn it off when you’ve had enough. Everyday fitness is all about working out at your own level. Tip: Don’t forget to cool down with some slow walking and stretching.
- Intervals of pushups and situps. If you’re watching TV, try a few strength or core building exercises at the next commercial break.
- Use rewards. If you struggle to stay motivated with fitness, let your daily pleasures become rewards. If you like to lay around on the couch at the end of the day, go ahead – but earn it with 1o or 20 minutes of activity first.
- Power clean. When I’m faced with a dilemma like clean the house or workout, I combine the two. Do a few squats while you clean the bathroom. Jog from room to room. It may sound crazy (I know it does) but I’m able to clean, workout and then go do something I love.
Create a fitness habit by working out a little bit everyday. Start with 10 minutes and work up to longer routines when you’re ready or as you have time. We all have full lives. Set aside 10 minutes of everyday for a better you.
What’s your biggest challenge with staying fit?
If you want to support this blog, here are a few options:
- Share my posts on Twitter or Facebook.
- Buy my book, The Hybrid Homemaker.
Photo by Thomas Hawk