Have you ever used the excuse, "I'm just too busy with work and kids to workout, I just don't have time!" Well, I know I sure have many times. It can be really overwhelming trying to squeeze in time for yourself when so many others rely on you. I'm going to tell you how I make the time, how I feel better because of it, and how you can too!
Some of the fears I have had around working out during a busy work week are:
- Taking time away from my family
- Not making it to work on time
- Working out during a time I should be eating and I may not have energy
- Getting too sweaty and having to go back to work without time to shower
- Too tired, Too many things to do, Too overwhelmed
Yes, these are all things I think most of us feel on a daily basis and really there are simple ways around them. Try taking small strides, don't just jump in and overwhelm yourself. I find that when I try too much at once, I don't want to do it again.
Making the time is easier than you think, the first thing I do is look at my schedule for the week to see where I can place "me time" each day, even if it's just for 15 minutes. The next and most important step (this is where it makes or breaks that time) is sharing that time with your families, co-workers, peers. This step is vital because you need the support of your community. Also, I find that if I tell my network of people my workout plan for the week, it almost holds me accountable. Also, you will notice that they will remind you of your time, and even start scheduling their own time to do the same. It's contagious!
Now, here's the scary part for most people, using the time you have given yourself. You might think, what am I going to do with 15 minutes, the gym is 15 minutes away! This is where small strides takes place. Don't overwhelm yourself with trying to get across town at lunch hour to squeeze in 15 minutes of working out just to stress out that you aren't going to get back in time. It's not worth it! Here's some ideas to try instead, get creative!
- Go for a walk
- If you work in a building with stairs, do a 15 minute stair climb (challenge yourself each time to do more stairs)
- Bring your yoga mat to work and look online for a 15 minute yoga workout (there's tons out there)
- Close the door to your office and do body weight exercises (push ups, sit-ups, squats,etc.)
There are soo many things you can do in your scheduled 15 minutes that will make you feel good, you won't get too sweaty, and you won't "be late", that will start the process of feeling great! Try this for a couple weeks, it will become part of your routine and you will wonder why you ever thought you didn't have time. After a couple weeks start challenging yourself to 20 minutes, 30 minutes, etc. Most working moms have at least a half an hour of free time a day,you just haven't been giving it to yourself.