Being a working mom could cause you to put your fitness goals on the back burner. But this shouldn’t be the case, as you should be able to put your health first. With the tactics below, which are some of the top success strategies that are used by fit working mothers, you can find the balance between your work life, your family life, and your “me time.”
Set Aside Time Every Day
View your workout schedule like you would any other important appointment in your daily life. If you were to set an appointment with someone else, you would show up, right? So, you should be able to set an appointment with yourself to get your workout in for the day, and then show up with enthusiasm.
Go ahead and set a specific time of the day during which you will stop everything and exercise, whether you head to the yoga studio, to the gym, or if you go into your home gym and work out there. Make this non-negotiable by letting everyone know that you will not be available during that time.
Exercise During Your Lunch Break
For a lot of working moms, it can be difficult to exercise first thing in the morning when they need to get their kids ready for school and get themselves ready for work. And it can be equally difficult to exercise after work because that is the time that they are able to spend with their families at the end of the day. That is why they choose to work out during their lunch break instead.
If you run your own business, you can really block off a good amount of time to eat and exercise, but even if you have a boss who dictates your lunch hour, you can go for a quick run and get your heart rate up to burn calories while building strength. Bonus: a lunchtime workout will give you a much-needed boost of energy that will last for the rest of you workday.
Short Workouts Are Okay
Working out for just 15-30 minutes is totally fine. The goal is to get your body moving. And if you make it a point to exercise for 10 or 15 minutes at a time, you can squeeze in several short workouts throughout the day too. For example, you can do a quick yoga session in the morning, followed by a brisk lunchtime walk, and a quick strength training session after work with some dumbbells at home.
With the tips above, you can be a successful working mother who takes care of her family and doesn’t neglect her own physical and mental health either.