Life with young kids is busy. Like, this might be the first time I’ve sat down in 4 days kind of busy. Between work and daycare and diapers and meal prep and nursing and play dates and cleaning – so much cleaning- I’m usually to the point of sheer exhaustion by 10 a.m. On a good day. Finding the time and motivation to exercise is definitely a challenge.
The good news is that self care is all the rage right now, especially in motherhood land. Scrolling through social media always reminds me to make self care a priority, and when I do, it is in the form of exercise. I know that getting a good workout will hep me feel more energized for these hectic days. The only problem I run into is finding the motivation to start when I feel like I’m running on empty. Which is basically always. So today I though I’d share a few tricks I’ve discovered to motivate myself to get moving:
1. Whenever the weather is decent, I take a daily walk/run with the kids. I load them up in the double jogging stroller with some snacks, toys, and water and they are good for at least half an hour. Even if my intention is only to walk, I always put on running shoes and clothes “just in case.” The thing is, once I get outside and moving, I almost always end up running. Once I start running, I almost always end up going longer than the original route I expected. My momentum tends to build as I go, and since I know this about myself, I tell myself “I’ll just walk today” to get myself out of the house, knowing full well it will turn into a good workout.
2. When I’m up in the morning before the kids, my first instinct is to lie in bed and scroll through Instagram. I follow a lot of fitness accounts for workout ideas, and I find that after watching a few exercise videos, I’m more likely to want to get up and get a workout in myself before the little rascals wake up. These are some of my favorite go-to gals for workout ideas/inspiration: https://paleomg.com/category/weekly-workouts/, https://www.kaylaitsines.com/blogs/exercises, https://www.instagram.com/madeline_moves/?hl=enhttps://www.instagram.com/blondeponytail/.
3. We sign up for family fun runs. Any 5K that gives us an excuse to wear some wacky costumes or run through mountains of bubbles usually ends up on our calendar. Signing up for these races keeps my husband and I motivated get out on some practice runs beforehand. Pushing a 80 pounds of double jogging stroller while simultaneously opening juice boxes requires some training, you know.
4. Whenever I have a window of time to myself, I try to commit it to exercise. Its temping to do the dishes or finally put away that laundry I folded a week ago, but those things don’t improve my health and energy. I’ve made this my little rule – get in at least 10 minutes of core workout or jump rope or whatever is easy/convenient, then tackle my to-do list with whatever time I have left. Again, once I’m moving, that 10 minutes usually turns into a full blown sweat session.