Are You a mom? Do You have time for fitness? Moms really have
a tough time. They are the cook, the maid, the taxi driver, the
teacher, the referee, and the list could go on. If youre a mom,
you know how to get things done for everyone else, but chances
are, you dont take care of you. In the day where children keep
parents on the go, it is hard to do the things youd like to do.
School schedules, car pools and after school activities combined
with household chores and a full-time job doesnt allow for much
time to exercise and workout. However, that excuse is no longer
good enough. Todays mom knows how to get things done. They can
squeeze in a last minute dentist appointment for little Tamie
and show up without a moment to spare for a class play that little
Tommy forgot to mention. Super mom can always find time to do
whatever needs to be done to run a happy home for all of the occupants.
So the I dont have time doesnt fly anymore. In fact, moms
everywhere should be embarrassed to use the excuse when a real
mom knows, if you really want to do something its like that Divine
Sisterhood stuff , scoot on over , because here comes mom!
It is important to take care of yourself. Plenty of rest and
exercise should therefore be one of those little things that you
mark on the calendar and do. In fact, do it now. Mark in your
day planner or on the dry-erase board your me-time. Then, dust
off that tennis racket and head on out for the courts with one
of your girlfriends, or join a Fitness Center, or take up walking
for overall health and fitness. Procrastination is a word that
has no meaning for moms wanting to do something nice for their
children, the same should apply for what you want or need to do.
Flexibility and diversification is a nice thing. Diversify your
workout schedule to include solo walks, tennis matches with girlfriends,
and horseback riding with your husband. Be creative in planning
your week ahead. If you know that on Monday you have to pick up
your daughter from school at 3:00, but your son gets out at 2:30,
make proper use of your time and throw your Nike shoes in a gym
bag and walk while you wait. If your daughter has a volleyball
practice 25 minutes across town at the high school, then take
your swimsuit and use the schools swimming pool to swim laps.
Most schools dont mind if you call ahead and some even offer
free swims on certain days of the week.
The most important thing for you to remember is that because
you are a mom, you may have to jump in and take advantage of a
thirty-minute window just to have time to exercise. Be prepared
for those opportunities and learn to expect the unexpected and
take care to use the time wisely. If your sons football practice
is held over 45 minutes, continue walking around the track until
you hear the sweetest words in the world, MOM, Im ready to go!
You can accomplish what you want, even as a busy mom.