Sticking to a workout routine is not easy. Find out the #1 excuse women are making when it comes to working out.
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Do you find yourself thinking about working out more than you are actually doing it? You write it down on your fancy workout planner, you bought all the trendy workout clothes, you even got a new hat to top it all off just to make your workout gear seem extra official, your water bottle is filled for the day and you are ready to sweat…but something gets in the way.
You end up going all day long without breaking a sweat, without getting your heart rate above 101 bpm and your two feet never left the floor at the same time. Your workout opportunity for the day is long gone and now on to the next day to try again.
One Big Overlying Reason
But the same thing happens again and again, day after day and before you know it, it’s Friday and you have not one marking for the week on your workout planner. What happened? Your mind was set in the right place but your body never actually got to your workout space. There are 1,000 reasons why you didn’t get a chance to workout each day, but there is one big overlying reason this whole workout thing isn’t working out. That reason is that you are not making your health a priority. And the excuse that follows that is, “I’m too busy.”
The Typical Excuses We Have As Moms
Hey, I’ve been there. You are not alone. I’ve been that mom who has said time after time to my husband, “Nope, I didn’t get my workout in today, honey, I was too busy.” Then I follow up with more excuses that sound like this:
I spent all day potty training and was stuck in the bathroom waiting for her to finally go.
I received all these phone calls today that I wasn’t expecting.
Dinner took longer to make than I had planned.
There was a huge spill at lunch time and the mess took me forever to clean up, it was the biggest spill I’ve ever dealt with as a mom.
I’m so exhausted from the lack of sleep I got last night since I had to take care of the kids crying throughout the night I just needed more sleep.
I had errands upon errands and more errands that needed to be done today.
Something’s Gotta Give
Ok, you get it. Us moms have a lot of chaos going on throughout the day that will inevitably get in the way of our workouts. But something’s gotta give.
Mom Life = Busy Life
There is only so much time in the day; mom life is busy! I don’t know if it will ever get to the point of not being busy, especially as more and more kids come around. But that doesn’t mean that working out is off the table.
Nope, it just means that we have to set our priorities better and create a lifestyle that emphasizes health as a main focus over some other areas of our mom life.
Maybe cooking gourmet meals is not the best thing to do right now if you are seriously trying to find time to work out. Or maybe going out for a play date with your mom friends needs to be cut short so you can make your regularly scheduled yoga class. Hey, why not invite your friends to the yoga class and kill two birds with one stone?
What’s Your Priority?
We can keep telling ourselves that “this and that” is a priority over working out, but each day you do that, your workouts are going to be pushed to the end of the day. And once the end of the day hits, you’re more likely to skip the workout all together due to pure exhaustion.
Our brains and bodies are revived after a full night’s rest, so I highly recommend squeezing in your workout first thing in the morning when your energy levels are high and distractions are at an all time low.
Morning Workouts Are Brutal But Vital
Yeah, working out first thing in the morning when every place in the house is utterly dark and you barely can get your eyelids to separate and open makes for a drowsy workout, but it only gets easier with each passing day. Soon your body will adapt to the change in schedule and you’ll wake up without skipping a beat.
I encourage you to read these fitness quotes to help you stay motivated. Read them before you fall asleep and pick your favorite one to read first thing in the morning when you wake up.
Set your alarm for the same exact time every night so you are reminded to go to bed and set an alarm for the same time every morning so your body wakes up at the same time. This will help develop a natural rhythm in your sleep patterns, and waking up becomes a lot easier.
Make It A Priority!
This is just the start of developing good habits and good routines for a healthy lifestyle. Having a routine in place is a surefire way to guarantee you will workout on a consistent basis. Busyiness or not, you’ll find time to workout regularly.
There are 1,000’s of moms who have multiple children, stay ultra busy with mom life and still find the time to squeeze in their workout into their chaotic day. What is the one thing that they all do to make sure they don’t miss a workout? They put their workout as a priority and won’t let anything get in the way of missing it.
If you are curious how other busy moms do it, continue reading 66 habits of healthy moms who always stay fit.
*It is important to always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program and get medical clearance. Always warm up thoroughly and stretch after all workouts. LiveCoreStrong.com and Jena Bradley will be not be responsible or liable for any injury sustained while exercising at home, gym or elsewhere. Perform exercises at your own risk.