Winter is knocking on our door. The outdoor activities have dwindled down to a slow drip from the faucet. “Its cold out.” Its raining.” “Its dark out.” “I’m tired.” “I have to bring the kids to their activities.” “I have to cook dinner.” “I just don’t feel like doing a workout.” These are some of the comments I hear from women when I ask why they don’t get their workout in.
I am here to tell you, that you can get some workout time in. It is something that can be done. There are ways for mom’s and non-moms to get a workout in during their week.
I am on my own health and fitness journey to lose excess weight. In order to do that, I am changing what I eat, and I am moving my body more. I have experienced the benefits of moving my body as a result of my continuous workouts. Do you want to know what my secret is? My secret is – are you ready? Are you sure? OK. My secret is – get up from the sitting position and move. I know, I know. It seems too easy, right? It seems easy, but working out, and eating healthier is definitely a mind game that you play with yourself.
With that said, let me tell you three ways I make time to workout; especially during the cold months.
1. I am a working mom, that works outside of the home. On those days when I commute to work, I pack my gym essentials in a bag, and bring them with me to work. In doing this, I am making time to workout. I like to schedule my workouts at least a week at a time, and most times I will plan the workouts two weeks in advance. This way, I am making my workout a priority, and I am taking time for myself. I think we can all agree that some time to ourselves is beneficial for our mind and soul. My current workout schedule is to workout four times a week.
2. I plan out exactly what exercises I will do once I start my workout. This way, I am not wandering around the gym looking to see what machine(s) I want to use. Time is precious. I do not want to spend an extremely long time doing my workout. Planning the workout makes great use of your time.
3. I break up my workout time slot. When I workout, the average time is about 45 minutes. Some days, I can workout for as long as 90 minutes. However, some days, I can only get in 25-30 minutes. The key is this. However long you decide to workout, make that time count. If you only have 15 minutes to workout, make that time worth it. Increase your intensity of whatever exercise you are doing. If you are walking in place, walk as hard as you can to get your heart pumping. If you are working with your hand weights, work with those weights until exhaustion. If you are doing yoga poses, pose for as long as you can hold it.
The key to making the workouts happen frequently in your world, is to pick activities that YOU love. When you do that, you will gladly make time to schedule these appointments with yourself. You will actually start to look forward to the activity. You will, as a result, make yourself a priority, and 99% of the time, keep that appointment with yourself. I love to get my workouts in. I actually am to the point where I miss the activity, when too much time has passed in between sessions.
I would love to hear about the ways that you start to get your activity in during these cold months!