Starting a new fitness routine can be hard for anyone, but if you’re a mom who is so busy caring for others that you barely have time for yourself, it can be doubly so. It may seem like you have no time in your day to devote to a workout, or it may be difficult to stick to any plan with consistency.
How Can I Find Time For A Fitness Routine?
It may be tempting to start big, but that can be a recipe for failure, especially if you’re on a tight schedule, and you don't have reliable blocks of time to devote to fitness. Many people start a full-blown exercise and diet routine with enthusiasm, only to give up a few days in because they weren't able to stick with it.
For busy moms, the key is to start simply and consistently. The most important thing is to create a habit. Starting small means you are more likely to follow through with your routine. When you follow through with it, you feel successful, and when you feel successful, it reinforces your habit.
What Type Of Exercise Should I Start With?
First, take a realistic look at your goals, current level of fitness and the time you can dedicate to it. If you have the time to hit the gym a couple of times a week, great. You don't need to go every single day to be successful. You can get exercise at home just fine the other days of the week. It is important to set aside time every day for physical activity, even if it is only fifteen minutes.
If you haven't exercised in a while (or ever), it is good to start slow. An elaborate workout routine, unsupervised by a fitness professional, may result in injury.
Walking, swimming and body-weight exercises like pushups and squats are a good way to start small and still get results. A brisk walk, every day can be a surprisingly effective way to shed pounds, especially if you are cutting calories. Adding the pushups and squats will give your arms, legs and glutes a lean, sculpted look.
Once you’ve built up a regular routine, no matter how simple or short, it will become easier to add elements to it. Perhaps you can add an extra session at the gym, increase reps, take a group fitness class, or start running.
Should I Use A Personal Trainer?
If you really want to jumpstart your fitness routine, consider a personal trainer. Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo can tailor a fitness and nutrition plan specifically for you, your goals and your lifestyle.
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