Before becoming a mom, I was at the gym at least 5 days a week. My schedule was very flexible, too. I could choose go in the morning or any night after work and my workouts had no time limit. I would even spend some time relaxing in the sauna before heading home!
Now that I have a little one and I am back at work, I am constantly trying to figure out the best ways to even find time to get to the gym and still be a great mom to Rylee.
Mornings don’t work anymore because Dad leaves at 4:45 AM for the office, leaving no one home to watch Rylee if I were to head off for an early morning gym sesh.
So evenings are my only option. And what I have noticed with my current routine, is that I go to the gym for my regular workout and by the time I get home, Rylee is asleep and I feel horrible that I didn’t have the chance to play with her or tuck her into bed.
How do I fit in a great workout but also make the time to see Rylee all while staying sane and happy?
Well, I have been thinking about this a lot, so here are some of the tips that I have gathered throughout my personal experiences in the quest for balance. Hopefully incorporating some of these tips into our schedules as working moms will allow us to fulfill our motherly duties and still meet our fitness goals.
5 Tips to Help Working Moms Find Time to Workout:
Working mom or not, planning ahead is a great way to keep yourself committed to making it to the gym. In my situation, I just can’t commit to 5 days a week at the gym anymore without feeling guilty that I am missing out on quality time with my family.
So planning out my workouts ahead of time really helps me set expectations for the week. In order for me to feel like I am getting a good balance at home and at the gym, this will ensure that I am happy with my schedule and the time I am allotting for family and for the gym.
Weekends may seem like a good time to fit in a workout at the gym, but who wants to do that when you have your family together in one place with a whole day ahead of you to spend together?
Choosing family activities to do together that keep you active – but are still fun – are great ways to fit in some exercise over the weekend. Playing tennis, hiking local trails, taking a bike ride, taking a trip to the pool or beach are great ways to stay active as a family!
Yes, work out at work! If you are sitting at a desk all day, it’s not good for your body to be sitting in that position for so long. It can really take a toll on your body! So, make the effort to get up, walk to the water cooler, grab a coffee or even just stand and stretch at your desk.
The girls in my office and I have started taking squat breaks just to get our body moving and it feels great! We even did lunges around our entire office one day and it really makes a difference. Shh… don’t tell anyone but I was sore after a lap around the office!
I am looking forward to incorporating these tips into my routine on a daily bases and really hope that these tips can help other working moms find balance in their lives and make the time to stay fit and healthy by scheduleing time at the gym and maximizing their time there.
Working Moms Fitness Plan