As I’ve mentioned in the previous lessons, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with your fitness regime and the daily tasks involved.
So I’m going to cut to the chase here, and be super upfront!
Treat your Workouts and Meal Times etc as you would with any other appointment, rendezvous :-), assignments, tasks etc that you need to carry out or keep during the week / and or on a regular basis.
This could be in your phone, daily business / appointment journal, your calendar / timetable on the wall or fridge at home.
Book in your resistance workouts, your cardio workouts, meal times and even what you’re having for those meals if you have too. If it’s a Monday and you’re doing a full body workout at 9.30am (just an example) then book it in as “full body workout” in your calendar.
It’s always good to share this timetable with your family, partner, friends – whoever you’re living with etc or spending time with, so they can see what commitments you’ve got and so they also don’t double book you.
If say, your workout time coincides with something that can’t be helped, then book yourself in for an “emergency plan b” workout for that day or another time slot. Even a smaller version of your workout. So you don’t feel like you’re back-tracking. You can do a 10-15 min workout if you need too.
You can also combine quality family time with exercise. And do two of your workouts as an activity at home, in the backyard or at the local park with your kids. Make it fun. And outdoor workout. And log it into your appointments as a regular booking. If your partner (hubby, wife etc) isn’t interested then do it on your own, find a local community group that you can join or even get a group of mum’s and dad’s together and start your own regular fun time with kids.
Depending on their age… Throw the ball to each other, do 20 or 50 meter jogs or sprints, jump rope, do squats, do planks, pushups from your knees or toes, help each other do pull-ups or chin-ups on the monkey bars.
Find out what your kids like to do eg… it might be running around kicking the ball to each other. Playing chasey. 🙂 Indoor rock climbing. Get them to design their own funky dance moves – and yep, you have to join in! There ARE SOOOOOOOOOOO many fun things you can do to not only get your own training in, but have quality time with the kids as well.
Find some cool fun healthy recipes that the kids are keen to help make. Get them involved in the process and appointment booking. Example… when the kids look on the fridge calendar they know Tuesday’s is family fun time and Friday night’s is kids cook-up night 🙂 , 9.30am is Mom’s workout time and Dad’s workout time is 6pm on certain days. You get my drift.
The more enthusiastic you are about sticking with your time-table the sooner you’ll see the results from your efforts.
Weigh it up…
Kicking yourself: you’re feeling swamped, overwhelmed, your exercise and nutrition is out of whack and you want to just give up.
Being organised: less stress, having more fun, knowing your getting your workouts in, spending time with family or pets, having your meals fall into place.
luv n hugs