The most common excuse I hear from women as to why they don’t exercise is that they are too busy. As women, we often have a lot of things on our plate including kids, a husband, a career, a house to maintain, and a social life, just to name a few. I have been in your shoes, as a busy working mom, I balanced a 40-hour work week, my kids, my husband, my household responsibilities as well as obligations with friends and family.
I know it’s not easy trying to balance it all and that makes prioritizing our health even more important. If we don’t take care of ourselves, what will happen to all of those things? We don’t have time to get sick or not feel our best, we are the glue that keeps everything together. It is important that we keep ourselves strong and healthy.
Here are two suggestions I have for fitting exercise into your busy schedule.
Give yourself 20 minutes
Exercise does not require a large amount of time. A good workout can be done in just 20 to 30 minutes. You can workout at home, at the park when you drop your kids off at soccer, or pretty much anywhere! You don’t need any fancy equipment or a gym membership to get in a good workout. Set your alarm 20 minutes earlier in the morning and get a quick workout in before you hop in the shower. You can even sleep in your workout clothes so you are all ready to go when you get out of bed. Squeeze in a quick 10 minute circuit of body-weight exercises while you are giving the kids a bath. I’m sure the kids will gladly play in the tub for a few extra minutes!
Find an accountability partner
Studies have shown that having someone keep you accountable for completing your workouts will increase your adherence to an exercise plan. Choose someone that you trust and someone that won’t settle for excuses. Send your partner a text message when your workout is complete. Ask them to send you a message by a certain time of day if they haven’t heard from you.
Yes, we are busy women but that is not an excuse to not make ourselves a priority! Taking care of ourselves is vital to our success as wives, mothers, and career women. If you are looking for an accountability let me know, I’d be happy to help! Send me a message and I will help keep you on track!