1. Do it Whenever you Have Help
If you’re lucky enough to have friends or family offer to help watch the kids while you do laundry/clean the house etc. leave the housework for another time and get a workout in.
It seems to be easier to accept the help when we have chores but if someone is willing to be there take them up on the offer and use that time to take care of yourself. Happy mum – happy house. The dishes can wait.
2. Know that Some Weeks will be Better than Others
Sometimes the kids are sick and some days there are too many appointments/ deadlines/ events. Set your mind to accept that you may be able to knock out 3 sessions one week while others you’ll be lucky to squeeze in one.
Before I had kids I may not have believed you if you told me I wouldn’t be able to find a spare half-an-hour a few times a week but as mums we know that there will definitely be times like this. And you know what? It’s OK. Try and find time to do an extra session the following week and eat a little healthier while you get through those hurdles.
3. Do Something you Love
Don’t make it a chore. It may not be the ideal time in your life for gym-class trial and error so consider what aspects of exercise you do like. Do you enjoy the stretches and relaxation that comes with yoga? The rush from the exhaustion of a high intensity cardio session? Or maybe it’s the time-out and opportunity to listen to great music that motivates you to do it again. Whatever it is, do that. You’re more likely to stick to it and be motivated to find the time to do something you love.