Do your children currently demand all of your time? Parents all around the world can relate. But just because your little ones demand so much of your attention doesn’t mean that you can neglect your own needs. One of the most important things you need to think about as a parent is your health and wellbeing.
After all, if you’re not in great shape, you may find it harder to run around after your kids. But starting a fitness routine when you’re so busy isn’t easy. Here are some ways to fit exercise around your hectic schedule:
Consult a professional
Getting into fitness after a long break can be daunting, which is why it’s important to book a personal trainer in Mayfair as soon as you’re thinking about hitting the gym. But booking a personal trainer doesn’t have to be a huge commitment, so don’t worry about spending a lot of time away from your kids. Your personal trainer will help you adapt your workout schedule to suit your needs and can even shorten the time you spend in the gym without affecting your results. Workouts can easily be optimised by a professional eye, so don’t wait and book a session today.
When you’re running errands or picking the kids up from school it can be tempting to hop in your car. But if the places you’re going are only a few minutes away, why not walk? Walking to and from school will not only boost your own fitness but your children’s as well. What’s more, you’ll have more time to chat and bond with your children. Give them your full attention while strolling down the street rather than trying to focus on them while navigating traffic as well.
Build a family fitness culture
Some families are more active than others, so why can’t yours be one that goes on bike rides on the weekend and hikes on holiday? The only obstacle is your attitude. Making exercise a part of your life will mean you’ll be getting fitter while spending time with your children. Ask your little ones what types of sports they’d be interested in and slowly build your way up to being more active as a family. The change won’t happen overnight, but after a while hopefully, your kids will love camping as much as you’ve always wanted them to.
Little and often
It’s OK if you don’t feel like you have the time to spend an hour each day working out – even ten minutes is better than nothing. If time is a big issue for you, try doing some HIIT workouts at home. These can be as little as five minutes or as much as half an hour. HIIT is straightforward to fit in around your daily life and prioritizes intensity over the time spent exercising. This means while you will have to work hard for the few minutes you are working out, you’ll be able to get back to your chores as soon as you’re done.