Gone are the days when you had an excellent workout and exercised every muscle in your body. Now you’re a busy a working mom always hoping for some miraculous ‘me’ time? No wonder you forgot all about exercise. But do you know the hidden dangers of not paying attention to your body? ? High blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, fatty liver, osteoarthritis, kidney disease, pregnancy problems and sleep apnoea to name a few.
I know that’s a high price to pay for not following an exercise routine. Still many of us don’t take it seriously or take the necessary steps to follow an exercise regimen. So here are a few steps to make the process easier for you.
1) Create a vision
By having a vision, you’ll be motivated to workout. Write down why is exercise important to you. Is it to stay fit or lose the maternity weight? Or to stay healthy to keep up with your kids? All these factors will fuel your desire to exercise and keep you on track.
2) Book a training appointment for specific exercises
First, plan out when you’ll work out each day. You can wake up half an hour earlier to do Pilates routine with your YouTube gurus. Use your hour long lunch break for strength training. Go for an evening walk. Practice some yoga or do a quick 10 minute HIIT. Whatever you decide, plan the best time to work it out.
3) Set a brave goal you can’t wait to achieve
Start your exercise slowly and then build up to a challenging routine that feels awesome. Mark your progress in a calendar, fill it up with gold stars to pep up your spirit. Here are some examples:
To reduce your belly fat or bat wings
Lower your body fat percentage
Do 25 pushups each day
4) Avoid being too hard on yourself
If your child is sick or you simply had a bad day at the office, it’s alright to miss a day of exercise. Don’t criticize yourself for skipping a day, as long as you stay dedicated to your goal. Remember. It’s all about taking care of yourself.
5) Make any space a home gym
Psychologically speaking, if you keep a particular place for your exercise, then naturally you’ll go there to work out. It’s not necessary to need any special equipment or a gym membership to workout. Sometimes it’s nothing more than a chair, a skipping rope or a yoga mat, but you’d be surprised with a range of exercises you can do with these.
6) Build a support crew
If your child is small, ask your partner, friend or family members to babysit, while you work out. You can even hire a baby sitter. It’s OK for you to ask for help. You’ll feel refreshed and can spend some great time with your family.
Hope these tips help you to include an exercise regime in your busy routines. If you follow any other rules for exercise that are not in the list, let us know in the comments section below.
Swarnam John is an experienced health and wellness writer. She writes the blog healthyhomosapien. She is also a contributor to a couple of prestigious online magazines.