My day starts early, a little earlier for my liking, no, a lot earlier, but that’s what I signed-up for when I became a parent. Each day is jam packed from start to finish, from waking, dressing and feeding my kids, who do not to be woken dressed or fed (you can probably imagine how that goes, yeah, it is the same as your morning), to school drop-off, work, school pick-up, dinner prep and clean-up, getting the kids ready for bed, who do not want to get ready for bed, laundry, then trying to locate toothpicks to hold my eyelids up while I have 15 minutes to catch-up on The Bachelor. Let’s face it, as a working parent, finding time to exercise is as easy as trying to get your child to eat broccoli, but it is doable, I promise.
I’ve been a dedicated runner & fitness enthusiast for as long as I can remember. Before having kids, finding the time was easy, because I actually had time. Now, it takes a bit of creativity with schedule and some will to get out of bed, but it is totally worth it because I feel energized for the rest of the day and can completely justify an extra piece (or two) or chocolate.
I get asked all the time, ‘how do you do everything you do and still have time to exercise?’. The biggest part of staying dedicated to fitness is finding something you love and look forward to doing. If you find something you love and look forward to doing, you will want to squeeze it into your insane schedule. Being consistent is also key, find a time of day that works for you and stick to it. I love the early mornings because I get to have some time to myself, a very rare occurrence these days, although occasionally I get some help. At the end of the day though, do what works for you, find your prime time and do what you love. You don’t need to dedicate an hour, even 30 minutes will do the trick. I promise, a tiny bit of time is really worth it, you will feel like a million bucks.