4 Exercise Tips For the Working Mom
4 Exercise Tips for the Working Mom
Finding time to work out can be hard enough in this non-stop society; sometimes even more so for the working mom. Not only are you working 8 hours a day at a paying job, but then you come home to the non-paying job of taking care of your family.
That being said, we all find time during the day for things we have gotten used to doing. We have a routine. So why not encompass exercise into that routine? You brush your teeth every day, right? You shower every day, right? If you don’t brush your teeth, your teeth will fall out. If you don’t shower every day you not only risk offending your co-workers, but also can develop skin problems. If you don’t exercise every day you can not only get fat, but also suffer numerous health problems.
‘No time for exercise’ is not an excuse. For most women the true reason is one of these: you are scared to exercise because you just might look foolish, or you just don’t know where to start. Here are 4 tips to help you get started and keep you going to meet you fitness goals!
1. Find a partner to workout with: Doing most things by yourself can be a bummer! I like walking, but I love walking with my daughter or husband. With both, we tend to push each other to walk farther and faster. I’m getting exercise while enjoying someone’s company. Get a co-worker or neighbor to workout with you if your spouse won’t, or your child is too young. Or heck, just put that youngin’ in the stroller and go for a brisk walk! You can babble away to your child about the day’s stresses and no one will think anything about it. Going for a walk alone and babble about the day, and people will start avoiding you!
2. Get an iPod: They aren’t as expensive or as daunting as they used to be, and you program in the music YOU like to listen to. You’d be amazed at how fast time flies when your mind is happily listening to something you enjoy.
3. Do something you love to do: I hate jogging! Tried it and quit after a couple days. On the other hand, I love walking and weight training. If you do an exercise you hate, you will get bored and frustrated and quit. Find something you really enjoy and you are far more apt to stick with it!
4. Don’t bite off more than you van chew: If you are just starting an exercise routine, you need to start out slowly or you will burn yourself out. The phrase ‘No pain, no gain’ is bull! If your body hurts, your body telling you to STOP! Whatever exercises you chose, start out slowly and build your muscles and stamina up.
Following these simple tips well get you well on your way to a happy and healthier you!