Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How to get your WORKOUT IN with kiddos around!

I'm a no excuses type of person.

I find the quote "Where there is a will, there is a way" to be so incredibly simple and true and say it to myself regularly.

Lately, women have been asking me how I get my workouts in. So, I'd like to refer to the sentences above. But - I'd also like to add: Just because I'm getting my workouts in does not mean that I'm getting them in my ideal way! I have to get creative, and I have to "give in" on certain things I wouldn't normally.

As some background - I have a 3-year-old who is protesting bed-time more fiercely than some Civil Rights activist protest. (Seriously. That girl is going to change the world with her determination!) I have a 16-month-old who has been teething, had an ear infection and pneumonia. We just got a dog that I'm pretty sure is blind and deaf (I'm a sucker for old men, what can I say?) :) And -- my husband has been for over a month. Not like, "oh he misses dinner a lot" gone but just straight up... GONE. Oh. And - I'm 26 weeks pregnant.

Now hey - I'm not complaining about any of that. Sure, there are certain things I'd like to improve on but some of those things are out of my control. I simply share them with you so you can get a picture of the 1,000 reasons I have to not workout.

I'm not here to make you feel bad about your reasons for not working out. People often label these as "excuses" and try and make you feel bad. That's not my style. But, if you are being honest with yourself and know that your excuses really are just excuses rather than legitimate reasons...or if you realize that your "excuse" for not working out isn't going to bed anytime soon then here are some ways I get my workout in.

TIP #1: Sometimes, I only do ten minutes at a time. Pressing PLAY for ten minutes allows me to get a little out of breathe, and then I can pause if I need to grab a snack for the kids, break up a fight, snuggle a sick baby or let the dog out.

TIP #2: Listen to your body. Being pregnant, I listen to my body. But - I don't think this is unique to pregnant people alone. Learn to be honest with yourself. Is the pain/burn you feel too much? Obviously its necessary to an extent to make progress -- but don't do exercises that give you injuries. It will only hinder your long-term results!

TIP #3: Give a little. I'm kind of a strict mom. Or, I try to be at least when I have the energy. But sometimes things just need to get done. That means sometimes I have an un-invited workout buddy. Sometimes that means instead of enforcing strict rules I make compromises - like "Ok. You can sit at my desk and color while Mommy works out, but then it is bedtime!".  Sure, she may stay up later. But - I get my workout in! Find what your kids like to do and if they are a serious distraction, try allowing them to do that only when you work out! (BONUS: They'll be begging you to do your workout!)

TIP #4: Sacrifice sleep. Look, I'll be honest. 30 minutes of sleep doesn't make a huge difference in my energy level throughout the day. I'm guessing the same is true for you. Wake up a little earlier and get that blood flowing! Theory (and your mother) will tell you "sleep while you can" but experience has proven to me that starting my day with a burst of energy creates a more positive and productive day.

TIP #5: Take the guess work out of it. I have enough on my plate. I don't want to worry about how many push-ups to do, or what the proper form for a lunge is. I think about a lot during my workouts and forget to focus on FORM. Having a trainer there is helpful! (But who wants to spend money on that 5-6 days a week?) That's what I love about in-home workouts. The only thing I have to do is push play. After that, I'm told exactly what to do, encouraged consistently and reminded of proper form and technique to avoid injuries! I don't have to worry about it being effective or a waste of time and I don't spend time trying to figure out what to do next. I'm keeping it simple with workouts that are proven to work!

For more information on workouts and the results you can get with them, head here. If you have any questions about how I can help you eliminate your excuses, encourage you in your journey and help you get results leave a comment below or find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MOTIVATIONbyMEG!