Well here are my top five tips for making fitness and yourself a priority!
➡ Set a bedtime and stick to it.
This one is super hard for me. As the kids get older and their bedtime is later and later, late nights are the only times I have to connect with my husband or sneak in some fun reading for myself. This is one of my goals for the year.
➡ Get up when your alarm actually goes off.
Snooze = sabotage!!! Here’s the deal. Your brain is wired to talk you out of stuff you don’t wanna do. So you’ve got about 3 seconds to marry INTENTION with ACTION before your brain kicks in and reminds you that it’s waaaay cozier under the blanket. But this same brain of yours will switch sides on you later in the day and berate you for not getting up and getting your activity in, so stop the fickle wee beastie right in its tracks and just get up with that first alarm. You. Are. Worth. It!
➡ Plan and prep as much as you can.
Set your clothes out the night before (including workout clothes and clothes for the day for both you and the kids). Get lunches and breakfast set up/pre-made as much as you can, backpacks and briefcases packed, etc. This way your morning now has enough time to work out and you’ve removed as much stress as possible. You roll right from working out to the shower to getting everyone dressed and out the door.
➡ Enlist your partner and your kids to help you succeed in hitting your goals.
My husband takes care of the kids in the morning and gets them ready for school while I finish up my workout and shower/get ready. On the weekends or if they get up early, the kids are absolutely my biggest cheerleaders. They love nothing more than to yell “GO, MOMMY, GO!!” during my workouts.
Taking time for yourself might feel like it’s taking away from your kids, but I promise you that what they remember is the quality of the time you spend with them, not the quantity. If taking 45 minutes for yourself means that you’re a nicer, more patient mom for the rest of the day *raises hand, because this is totally me* then you are actually giving more to them. Plus, showing them that mommy takes care of herself, deserves her own time, and is willing to work hard for it reinforces important life lessons for both our daughters and sons.
So there you have it! Are there any tips I missed that really help you out? Please share them below!