5 tips to fit exercise around your life

Fitting exercise into your life

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

Jess x

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12 Comments

  1. January 27, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    I can tick all of those! My poor running buddy has been told to stop running by the Doctor. I’ve also signed up for the British Heart Foundation 5km Bournemouth bay run!

    • January 27, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      YOU are my new inspiration, and are my hero!! Wow, you have done so well. Fab work lady 🙂 xx

  2. Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com)
    May 27, 2015 / 7:31 am

    I think picking the right exercise is key, great post #Wellbeing Wednesday

    • May 27, 2015 / 11:28 am

      Totally. Running is not for everyone, you have to enjoy your chosen exercise otherwise you find any excuse not to go! xxxx

  3. May 27, 2015 / 8:30 am

    Oh yes it has to be something you like doing…forcing yourself to do something you hate will become another hurdle, another excuse otherwise. As you say small goals, such as noticing how parts of your body are more motivating than unrealistic goals expecting to have a washboard tummy after a week! xxx #Wellbeingwednesdays
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  4. May 27, 2015 / 8:45 am

    I find fitting in exercise so hard. I’m a single mum with not much of a support network locally. I have to rely on the girls’ dad to come round on Thursday just so I can do Zumba! I’d love to learn to run, but I just don’t have the resources available at the moment to do it. Well done to you though for keeping at your goals! #WellbeingWednesday
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    • May 27, 2015 / 11:27 am

      Oh thanks so much – I really struggle and you must find it very hard. Good luck xx

  5. May 27, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Great work huni, this is the focus I am going with on my next post all about my exercise regime as a single mum! I think we are very lucky we are highly organised, I love your organised posts – they remind me of me and that I am not the only Monica!! Love you loads gorgeous lady, you cheered me up no linking up! Thank you for your support! #WellbeingWednesday xxx
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    • December 15, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      Very. And if you (kind of) enjoy it then it makes it so much easier to do xx

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