When you are a busy mompreneur working on your daily exercise routine can present some challenges to both you and your family. But for moms taking time to exercise alone in work outs can be something that is almost next to impossible.
How are you suppose to find time work out when you can’t even sit with your own thoughts during the day? Between caring for young children, working on homework, cooking dinner, making endless to-do lists, and keeping your sanity there is often limited time for that much needed workout.
I sometimes reflect on my life before marriage and children. I did not have an issue with taking time to work out and run half marathons. I have been a dancer my whole life. I have taken tap, jazz, and ballet since I have been a very young child, through college, and I began exploring more choreography in grad school.
I believe that working out and having physical activity in my life is crucial for my development, peace, and happiness as a growing mompreneur. My son constantly asks me when I plan to run another race, because he has heard about me running and working out for years. I feel that I had to put that part of my life on the back burner, because let’s face it sometimes life just gets in the way and I folded over in the pressure of coping with some of life’s obstacles.
The casualty of my silent war has been my physical fitness goals. I gave in to the fact that I did not make the time to take out two to three days a week to satisfy my hunger to work out. I simply adore the feeling of lifting some free weights to get my Michelle Obama and Angela Basset arms for the summer.
I have constantly put so much time and energy into my business that I lost focus on my joy of running and working out, which at the end of the day will make me a better wife, mother, and small business owner.
I have come to a point in my life where I really miss running and working out consistently at least two to three days a week. I have always been that girl that knew the importance of eating right, exercise and the joy of running half marathons.
I have not had the opportunity in running a half marathon successfully in two years. I believe that so many life changes have happened in my life that I forgot about me. I miss the running community and meeting fellow runners at the expos and having so much anxiety and anticipation before a big race day.
I miss signing up for a half marathon and training everyday until the day of the expo to collect my bib number, and swag bag from the local vendors. I made it my goal before 2016 is over to run a half marathon and to prove to my children that I still have the stamina, the heart, and the joy for physical fitness.
I desire to lace up my sneakers and get back out there on the pavement and run for my life. I have found it to be challenging to balance my family, running, and my business. I feel that I must put my faith and trust in God for the answer to guide me in the right direction towards reclaiming my physical goals.
As a measure of holding myself accountable to this date. I am writing this blog post to not only help as a reminder of 4 great tips, but to some of you out there that may be struggling with getting your work out routine in order:
4 Great tips
1. Make the most out of my day: I have to make a plan to work out before my other commitments of the day kick in, waking up early to get a quick 20-30 minutes of weight lifting are cardio will have to be sufficient for the day.
2. Break out time: Breaking out time in my daily routine is very important, whether I decide to work out first thing in the morning before the children wake up for school or in the evening before bedtime. I believe that is crucial to have at least two to three days a week with 30 minutes to an hour each day only devoted to working out and being your authentic self!
3. Hit the pavement: I take my daughter in the stroller and hit the streets to have a morning or afternoon walk when the weather permits, I walk about two miles from my home to a local grocery plaza and playground area in my neighborhood.
4. Stay consistent with your schedule: Sometimes I cannot only just plan to exercise, I have to take the time literally out of my schedule to exercise regularly and to stay motivated to work out. The 30 minutes that I may spend surfing the web, can be used towards fulfilling my exercise needs, and moving me closer to my exercise goals.
How do you take time to exercise?