3 Tips for Finding Time to Exercise When the Kids Are Back in School
Kids are back in school and that means you’re not only handling your own busy schedule, you’re managing that of your children too. Having kids is chaotic, and trying to find time to exercise when you have to work around their schedule can be difficult. You need to make sure they get to school on time, do their homework, make it to any after school activities, eat nutritious meals throughout they day, and get to bed on time so they get enough sleep to do it all again the next day- all while dealing with your own schedule.
It may seem like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to make sure that you’re not neglecting your own health and fitness, but with a combination of organization and imagination, you really can do it all.
- Plan: You may think you don’t have time to work out, but you probably do. Sit down and plan out everyone’s schedule each week. Figure out when you have extra time to fit in even just a quick workout, and see if you can possibly move anything around to make it easier. If you notice that you spend a lot of time watching TV each night after the kids go to sleep, get up an hour earlier to work out and then skip the TV time and go to bed earlier. Try out different things and see what works for you. It will be an adjustment, but getting fit takes effort.
- Get Imaginative: Get creative with being active. Run up and down the stairs each time you use them. Do squats while you cook and lunges while you walk around the house. Take some weights with you when you go to your child’s soccer game. Whatever it is, a little creativity can go a long way.
- Be Efficient: When you can commit to a workout, make sure you’re getting the most out of it. If you only have a short period of time, focus on strength training or increase the intensity of your cardio. Sign up for a workout class that will force you to work hard and burn a high number of calories. Your time is valuable, so don’t waste it.
Don’t let the chaos of back to school keep you from taking care of yourself. It’s rare that you’re just going to find the time to work out when you have so many busy schedules to manage, so you need to make the time. Take a bike ride with the children on the weekend so you can spend time together while being active or sign them up for an after school activity so you have some free time. Parents really can do it all so reach your full potential and be the super parent you are.