2. Connecting with your family
If you want your kids to be active, be active yourself. Setting the example for your kids really works. Big Son envied my running shoes and asked me when he would get his own real running shoes. He sometimes joins me on my runs running or riding his bike alongside me. Little Son simply joins me on my runs in the stroller. And my husband got so lonesome on the couch when we were out running, that he finally joined us as well! So now working out isn’t always spending time away from my family, but connecting with them.
3. Making the most of it
It seems hard to squeeze in a work out for yourself when putting your kids first. I try and combine as much as I can. Sometimes, I put on my running gear taking the boys to daycare and school. After having dropped them off, I go for a quick interval run. Hell, I even went to a PTA meeting in running gear! When I need to take Big Son to a baseball game, I go and run while he and his team are warming up. And be back in time to cheer him on. At my previous job, I used to go on a quick run during lunch time. Using your commute is another way to change a time thief into a work out opportunity. Leave the car or public transport and go cycling or running! If your commute is too long, do it half way. I can’t begin to tell you how rewarding going somewhere instead of going around in circles is.
4. Committing to a schedule
One of the reasons why I work as a group fitness instructor is having a strict work out schedule of my own. I just simply can’t ditch and disappoint my participants in my class just because I’m too lazy to? There are of course other ways to commit to a work out
schedule. Go with a friend and become Best Fit Friends Forever. Or join a running crew. Or get a weekly baby sitter so you can work out. The trick is, find out what works best for you.