I’ve fallen (on the couch) and I can’t get up.
You have no time to work out. You spend so much time during the day chasing after your kids that when you finally have a chance to put your feet up you are not going to put them back down. And so you crash, on the couch, again. Convincing yourself that you’re getting enough cardio from your daily marathon and making a personal pledge to start exercising regularly as soon as you have more time.
Get your gear on.
The first step is admitting you have a problem: you will never have more time. Once you’ve accepted that reality, you can figure out the best way to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. At first, you might have to include your newborn into your routine. Take your babe for a walk, sign up for a mommy-and-me fitness class, or check out a FitMom dvd. None of these activities will turn you into a professional athlete, but each one will get your heart rate up. Eventually, you’ll be able to step up your game once your baby’s sleep is more predictable.
If you’re able to squeeze in a workout, during naptime, do it. The dishes can wait. Otherwise, your choice is either first thing in the morning – which means actually setting an alarm to wake up before those little early birds start cuckooing – or after the kids are asleep. We know. It sucks to work out before the sun comes up just as much as it sucks to work out after Goodnight Moon, but you gotta do what you gotta do. If you’re an early bird, leave your gear right beside your bed. If not, then before you sit down or lie down and definitely before you close your eyes after story time, put your shoes on and change into your sweats. Once you’re talking the talk, it’ll be easier to walk the walk. If you’re already dressed, you’ll have a much harder time accepting defeat.
And don’t set yourself up to fail by thinking you HAVE to work out for an hour every day. We’re talking twenty to thirty minutes max, three to four times a week. If you like going to the gym or taking classes, great! If not, pick the simplest thing you can do that you enjoy and keep it close to home. Jillian Michaels has a killer 30 Day Shred dvd with three twenty-five-minute hardcore workouts. There’s no shame in doing the “easy” (!!) level and just because you’re only doing it three times a week instead of every day doesn’t mean you won’t get results. On those days when you really, really, really don’t want to work out, commit to just ten minutes. Promise yourself that you have permission to stop after ten minutes. By the time you notice ten minutes has passed, you’ll already be feeling such a workout-buzz that there’s no way you’ll let anything stop you.
Better sleep, more energy, sexier physique – ’nuff said?