I don't have kids yet, I don't work an 8-5 job, I don't live in a huge house that needs to be cleaned and I still find A GAZILLION excuses to justify why I have no time to train. I mean, someone has to take care of two cats. It's hard, people! You have to scoop poop once a day and feed them twice plus lots of petting in between. It's A LOT of work! Ok... maybe it's not. People who own dogs are busier than I am and I still find myself wondering how to make time to exercise. So when I see this rare breed of people who are parents with real responsibilities, who also manage to come to the gym on a regular basis, I wonder if they are real people or just Aliens.
When I met Jensen, she told me she was an actress and a mom of two kids. ( Altough I still need to see those kids in the flesh to believe it...) Right away I thought to myself: She must have a personal chef, a chauffeur, a nanny and probably a personal stylist too. I mean, I really wonder how she does it all and still finds time to (GASP!) take care of herself. Because let me tell you, this woman is not only drop dead gorgeous, witty, with a permanent smile in her face, but she also trains consistenly like a wild beast, has a succesful career and a beautiful family. How do you do it, Jensen? How? I need to know.
Lucky you, I was able to get the 411 on her secrets.
1. Have a Support System
Don't feel bad to ask your partner, your parents, or a good friend for help. Sit down with them and find out when and for how long they can offer their help taking care of the kids or house chores. Explain to them how important this is for you. As Jensen said, exercise is key to feel good about yourself. That way you have the energy to take good care of others. There's no point in spending time sitting there with your kid feeling miserable. Quality over quantity.
2. When possible, do it first thing in the morning.
Treat yourself to a workout session before the craziness of the day gets to you. There are just too many activities and commitments that come up, but surely no one will schedule a meeting at 5:00 a.m. That’s your time to rise and sweat. You'll be done before the kids wake up.
3. Block It Out and Respect it.
If you have an appointment on your calendar, chances are you show up. It will feel like that if you set aside specific times to workout in your family planner. Block the time and let everyone know that you won't be available.That way you can plan in advance who will care for the kids while you are busy doing your thing. Oh, and make it non-negotiable!
4. Wear whatever, just don't stress about it.
Printed capris or baggy sweatpants? Cute tank top or old t-shirt? Who cares! Don’t waste your little free time debating wardrobe choices. To make it to your early morning workout, lay out your clothes the night before. Heck, sleep in your workout clothes if that helps! Eliminating that one step of figuring out what to wear helps getting up at 5 a.m. easier. Even better, learn how to master GYM CHIC and save time by looking faboulous while staying comfy with minimal effort
5. Take "TRUNch",
If early morning or late night training sessions aren’t your jam, try taking "Trunch" A.K.A. “Training lunch". You have half an hour; do your workout, run, yoga, whatever it is, but you have to create the opportunity and then commit to it.
6. Include the little ones.
As a parent, having time for yourself sounds like a joke. Come on! You can't even have privacy when going to the bathroom, let alone exercising! Ditch the ‘either-or’ attitude. Kids instinctively love to move and be physical. Include them in your workouts. Lift them around, chase them, join them in the jungle gym. As they grow older, workouts can become a way to bond for a lifetime.
7. Squeeze it in.
Flash workouts become a must when your schedule is overflowing. You have to sneak around and get your workouts in wherever you can and sometimes that means in some curious ways! You can do 10 to 15 minutes of strength training while the kids are eating. Find a show they love and do a quick bodyweight circuit. You are guaranteed at least 20 minutes of uninterrupted time while they are calm and quiet. Think of the compound effect.Every workout counts.
8.Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Life happens in the form of sick days, tantrums and gigantic messes that won’t clean themselves. There will be days when you may only have time for a few squats and push ups instead of the planned 1 hour workout. And that's OK. Do the best you can with the time you have. If you do miss a day, don’t stress. There's always tomorrow! And whatever you do, don’t compare yourself to other moms. You do you, Boo! On those crazy days, try our "Quickie Workout".
9. Go Public
Let the world know that you are ready to get FIT, be happy with your body and have a clear mind once and for all. Post on social media your goals and your progress. You'll be surprised at the support you will get from friends and family. You may even find some moms that are in the same boat as you, who can offer help, tips and encouraging words. Workout Buddies are also great to keep you accountable when you start to slip.
10. Have a Plan for How You’ll Sweat
Once you’ve penciled in your workout, don’t forget to think about what you’ll actually doing once you get to the gym. It’s one thing to find the motivation to work out. It’s another thing to find the motivation to figure out what to do for a workout.
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