At this time of year – winter time – fitting exercise into my busy life is pretty tough going. There seems to be so much going on socially, plus the winter mornings and evenings are just dark, and grim. My motivation levels for exercise can be low – and I can find it a real challenge to grab my trainers and go for a run. Far more than I do in the summer.
However, since we moved to Worcester back in August I have been very good. I am quite proud of myself. Managing twice a week, 2.5 miles or so at a time. When the twins start more hours at preschool in the new year I will hopefully be able to increase this too. I therefore don’t want all the hard work so far to diminish over the winter.
It was pretty difficult for me to get started back into exercise again after having the children. I needed a lot of self-motivation and willpower to do the first one. But one day I just felt the need to get fit again and wanted to tone up.
When I talk about it, so many people ask me “Yes, but just when do you find the time?“. Because I work from home there is more opportunity for me to get out and run, but there still aren’t a lot of spare hours in the day for I am so busy with lots of other things too.
So here’s how a Mum of twins (i.e. me!) does it – here are my 5 tips for fitting exercise around your busy life:
- Select the right time
In the summer-time I go as soon as Hubby and I put the twins to bed, which is after 7pm. Right now I am going after the preschool drop off at 9am. I find that if I leave it any later I don’t get the time. Then I go once again at the weekend, anytime I can.
- Pick the exercise for you
If you don’t like running, don’t go! If you like cycling then do that. I don’t mind running, and it’s free! Gyms are great as they offer a wide variety of activity and classes. You are much more likely to do something (and keep it up) if you enjoy it a little too.
- Don’t expect instant miracles
If you want fast results you might get disappointed and give up. I have noticed though that I am more toned already. Especially my legs and bottom! Sadly though you do have to stick at it! Doing something every now and again isn’t going to help! But if you do miss a week or two, due to holidays or whatever, don’t worry – just start up again.
- Adopt a buddy
Go to a class like Yoga, or go running with a friend. It always gives you more motivation when someone else is involved too – and is relying on you. Especially if you aren’t great with the willpower! Plus you don’t want to let them down by cancelling all the time. I run alone currently but pre-twins I did a lot of things with friends and that always helped more.
- Sign up for a competition
If you sign up for a long race or charity run etc then this will act as brilliant motivation. I am thinking of entering one very soon!
Most of all good luck! Let’s keep at it….together!