Whether you’re juggling kids in child-care with a stressful corporate job or a bub at home with a new business, you’ll know how challenging it can be to keep up a regular exercise routine.
In fact one of the most common questions I get asked is how to make self-care – that little slice of “me” time – an everyday priority when you’ve lots of other stuff going on.
Given we’re still at the newer end of the year with resolutions still fresh in mind, I thought I’d share some tips that have helped me sustain regular exercise since I had my daughter three years ago. (None of which involve mums and bubs yoga – because that wasn’t relaxing for anybody).
1. Stop over thinking it. One of the reasons I believe the best-laid fitness plans fall over is that they’re just too hard to sustain. Unless you’re training for a marathon or a bikini model competition, the truth is you don’t need a meticulously mapped out weekly routine to get results. You just need a routine. Choose a mix of exercise methods to keep yourself interested and don’t get hung up on following your weekly plan to the letter. Have contingencies for bad weather and those crazy days when you’ve only 20 minutes to spare and you’ll be golden.
2. What works is what you like. If you have exercise ADHD like me then chances are you’ve researched every fitness trend out there hoping to stumble on the Holy Grail. Well after many years and a more intimate than I care to admit relationship with Amazon, let me share a secret with you – it’s all about consistency. Shopping for workout gear, bookmarking fitness websites, printing off home circuits and filling out membership inquiry forms for your local yoga studio don’t actually count as exercise. Stop procrastinating, find something you enjoy and … just do it. Simple as that.