I get it, I really understand. The baby was up a trillion times last night. The kids are already fighting and it’s not even 7 am. You have piles of laundry to do. The sink is full of dishes. You’re tired and the last thing you feel like doing is moving, never mind working out. I HAVE BEEN THERE. But I am here to tell you I have found ways to help manage that helpless overwhelmed feeling. Get up and MOVE. Your body will thank you. Your kids will thank you. Your husband will thank you. I can guarantee you will become a happier person because of it. I have put together a list of things I do to help motivate myself to work out.
First and foremost I set a plan. I have a weekly workout schedule that I follow. I think of them like appointments. I can’t cancel unless it’s an emergency. I find this works better for me. If I say I’m going to work out at some point on Wednesday but I don’t actually have a set time or workout planned then chances are I will skip it. I talk myself out of it and it just doesn’t happen. On the other hand if I say Wednesday I going to the gym for 9:30 and I want to run 4 miles and work on biceps and triceps. It will happen.
I prep the night before. I set out everyone’s clothes before bed to get the kids off to school on time or to come along to the gym. I pack my gym bag and have all the snacks ready to go. If I’m going for an early morning run I set out my breakfast so I can eat the minute I wake up. Giving me more time to sleep and less time to stress in the morning.
My sanity will thank me. I remind myself how amazing I feel after a great work out. Those endorphins are amazingly awesome. It sets my day off on a positive note. It gets everyone out of the house and moving. I have a chance to have a bit of adult conversation or just a minute to clear my head of the long to do list. I regroup and then conquer the rest of the day.
I eat better. When I take the time to work out and get active I want to nourish my body with foods that will aid in recovery. I’m not going to run 5 miles and stop at McDonalds for a burger. It just doesn’t happen. I worked too hard to eat crap.
Make a date with a running partner or gym buddy. When I set a time to meet for a work out I’m way less likely to cancel. I’m excited to chat with others and get my sweat on at the same time. The nice part is you can always learn something new from others and push harder to not give up.
Having childcare my kids enjoy. This makes it easy to leave them for an hour. They have been going to the daycare at our gym for a long time and have built friendships with other children. They look forward to going and having their own time to play with other children.
Include my children in my workout. On the other side of that I try to encourage a healthy lifestyle with my kids. They love going on daily walks or bike rides to the play ground. We try and go out for a walk after dinner every evening in the warmer months. Sometimes I will take my oldest son on runs and he bikes alongside me. I also have taken all 3 to the track to bike well I do laps pushing the stroller.
So there you have it. What do you think? Tell me what motivates you to work out.