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you. My calendar is constantly overflowing, too. There’s birthday
parties, events for work, meetings, school plays, dinners, business trips,
doctor appointments, etc. Now you want me to make the time to
work out? Oh, but it’s much easier for me to make an excuse. And believe me, I’ve used every one in the book. We all have. Yet, at some point, we come to realize that doing backflips to avoid working out
isn’t going to help us get in shape. And eventually we must admit
that for every excuse there is a solution or four.
some of the excuses I’ve made (any sound familiar?) and some of the solutions
that have helped me find a few minutes for exercise during even my craziest or
laziest of days:
too far behind to even start. Start
the greatest lessons we learn in early motherhood is that baby steps are the
only way to begin. A year from now you are going to be thinking, “What if
I had just started taking small steps a year ago?” Use an app such as My Fitness Pal to help you get started.
nobody to watch the kids. Take them with you.
with your kids—put them in the stroller, and head out on an adventure.
children are older, play tag, go swimming, or just try to keep up with them on
the playground for an hour.
cold/hot/rainy/windy out. Work out at
yourself with some home gym equipment, like weights, a medicine ball and a yoga mat. If
you have it in the house, there is no excuse not to use it.
an app like theFitness Builder App, which
provides more than 700 workouts that you can do while in your own living room. Or, simply search for challenging, at-home workouts on YouTube.
not motivated. Get
yourself some new workout clothes. (Click herefor some of my current activewear must
plans to meet a friend in the park for a walk/run. Create a reward
system ... that doesn’t involve food. After 10 workouts you can buy
yourself something you’ve been coveting. Or after two weeks of sticking
to your goals you can get a massage. You get the idea.
too tired. I know
this sounds like a reasonable excuse, but it’s illogical.
yourself that working out can give you more energy.
yourself that you’ll start with 10 minutes and if you’re still too tired after
that, you can stop. I’m betting you won’t.
time! Make the
in your calendar like any other appointment and make it one that you cannot
cancel. Even if it’s just a 20-minute powerwalk some days, it’s better
few yoga and Pilates videos bookmarked on your laptop or iPad so you can access
them anywhere at any time. YouTube is a treasure trove for quick and
an extension of StyleHaul, has the perfect workout routines to get you started. Then, delve into the more advanced
iTunes has an extensive list of20-minute yoga classes. For longer practices,
check out yogaglo.com, which I
mentioned in last week’s post.
a personalized 20-minute circuit training routine that you can do at home. Ask
a trainer at the gym to help you, or find a guide online,such as this one.
thankful that we live in the age of technology when gadgets like the Nike Fuelband and the Fitbit can help us realize that so much of our
everyday activities can help us get fit and stay active. (Note: It was
just announced that designer Tory Burch is partnering with Fitbit to bring us a
fashion-forward version of the ever-popular fitness tracker.Sign up hereto be the first to know when the collection is