As a new mum, I understand more than ever how challenging it can be to fit everything into your day, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours to get everything done.
Trying to eat healthy, get enough sleep, maintain friendships, be a good mum/wife/friend/etc, do well at work, prioritise selfcare AND fit in regular exercise. Sounds impossible, right?
Finding the right balance between life and fitness can be hard. More often than not, if we’re busy or stressed, exercise falls down the priority list or we tell ourselves we just don’t have enough time.
If being active is important to you, but you just don’t know how to fit it in, here are my top tips for finding that healthy balance.
- Get organised
You’re never going to get fit if you just keep telling yourself, “I’ll workout at some point tomorrow when I have time”, without actually putting in a proper plan. Take ten minutes to actually schedule out your day or week, making sure to prioritise when and where you’re going to exercise. Just like you’d schedule in a doctor’s appointment, a catch up with a friend or a hair appointment, scheduling in your workouts mean that they are non-negotiable. Then the night before, make sure to set aside your workout gear and pack your gym bag – you’ll be much more likely to follow through with your plan!
- Join FHIT
Join my FHIT program! Shameless plug aside, FHIT is specifically designed to work into your busy lifestyle. The first four phases include quick 15-minute workouts that can be done anywhere, anytime – no equipment needed! They are designed to help you get the most out of every minute and gradually build your strength and fitness level. Plus, there are plenty of rest days, so you won’t feel like you have to be working out every single day to feel accomplished!
- Write down your goals
Where do you want to be in three, six- or twelve-month’s time? Having a goal to work towards will give you the motivation to prioritise being active and maintaining your fitness routine. And I don’t necessarily mean a weight goal either. I mean how many push ups do you want to be able to do, or how energised and healthy do you want to feel? Find your WHY and always remind yourself of that whenever you’re losing motivation or don’t feel like exercise is enough of a priority in your life.
- Find a friend
Having an exercise buddy is so great for so many reasons! Firstly, it means you get to socialise and exercise at the same time, so that’s one less thing on your to-do list. Secondly, it helps keep you accountable. You can’t bail on your workout if there’s someone counting on you! Lastly, it will help you feel less alone. Life can be hectic and crazy, some days you just don’t feel like exercising. Having someone you can relate and listen, and be proud of you for doing it anyway, will make all the difference!
- Give yourself just five minutes
If you’re stressed and busy, and just don’t have the motivation to workout, give yourself just five minutes to give it a go. You can even put on a timer! After those five minutes are over, ask yourself if you really, honestly want to quit. Most of the time, the answer will be no, and you’ll already feel those endorphins kicking in. If you do decide to stop, you can still be proud of yourself for taking that step in the first place – a small amount of exercise is ALWAYS better than no exercise at all!
- Remember… balance is key!
Try to avoid having an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to fitness. Pressure to give everything 110% of your energy all the time can be overwhelming, leaving you feeling deflated and losing all motivation to try at all. Instead, strive for a realistic balance and start small – even if that’s just one workout a week. You’ll feel proud of yourself for actually sticking to your goal and be able to build from there!
Although it can sometimes feel like there are never enough hours in the day, if being active is important to you there’s always a way to make it work! Give yourself permission to trial different methods and of course correct where needed. Balancing life and fitness should always be about supporting your lifestyle and making it work for you – whatever that looks like!
If you want to start prioritising fitness in a way that fits into your lifestyle, try my FHIT program today.