I have always struggled with fitting in a workout schedule into my daily routine, especially with working and being a mom. There is always something to do, some sort of interruption and more.
Check out how I have managed to fit a workout in with my daily routines.
Every morning I try to wake up before the rest of the household and head out for a walk. It is a simple walk around the apartment complex. Depending upon how I feel or how quickly I am walking in the morning will determine if I am able to get one or two laps in. Total distance is about one mile per lap.
Afternoon Workout Video
Working from home makes fitting a workout routing in so much easier, including being able to do workout videos without having someone watching. In the afternoon, before getting the kids from school, I put in one of a few exercise DVDs and just do it.
I have a few, including many from The Firm, Biggest Looser and others. I rotate through them so I do not get bored with any particular one. I pull from the right hand side of the shelf and when done place it back on the left hand side.
My tip is if you can afford it buy at least 10, this will give you two weeks worth of workouts without doing the same one over and over. Sure, we all find our favorites, but they can get old too. Trust me; switch it up on a daily basis.
In the evening after dinner we make it a family competition and workout with the Wii. We have three games that really get us going – Monkey Ball, Step and Roll; Biggest Loser and the Wii Fit Plus. We each take turns trying to see who will be the winner for the evening. The winner gets to pick out the next days dessert or evening snack (always a healthy one).
If possible, I sometimes try to play for a half hour during the day when I am alone, so I can get quality time in on the Wii without having to switch with the other players.
Weekly Fit in When Can
During the week, I try to fit in a few other items, when I can and weather permitting. Living 2.5 miles from the mall, I try to walk there three times a week, grab a healthy lunch and then walk two laps (2 miles) around the mall and then back home. When you walk with a destination in sight it does not seem so bad. So much better than walking around the block over and over.
I also try to swim laps in the pool two times a week for 30 minutes at a time. I do not keep track of laps; just want to keep moving for the entire time.