Are you fed up of feeling tired and lethargic? Do you wish to have more energy? Do you want to feel good on the inside and out? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then maybe it is time for you to begin your fitness journey. January is the time of year that many of us start to think about this, and it can often be the perfect starting point to track progress and set goals.
However, as a mom, it’s difficult to make exercise a high priority. It seems like there’s always something else that needs to be done. Exercising can do many things for your health and wellbeing. But it’s part of a long-term journey and should never be seen as a short-term fix. There are however a few things you can do from home to kick start your new exercise routine.
Before You Begin
Before any change to your routine and activity levels, it is important to ensure that you are at the right stage to begin. This is often because so many people set themselves exercising more often as a resolution or goal for the new year, and then try and do too much straight away or are not fully prepared for the type of exercise that they start to do which then results in injury or a loss of motivation to continue exercising. Here are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening.
Check Your Current Health Situation
How are you at the moment? Are you struggling with anything? It’s vital that you are capable of taking the exercise you have planned. If you have any concerns about your health, then it would be recommended to speak to your family doctor. You must be physically able to do the exercises you are planning otherwise you may cause any injuries or illness to get worse. If you have a problem that needs to be looked at considering physical therapy may help you to improve it. Meaning you can exercise fully once more.
Equipment and Clothing
So you can do the exercise, what next? It’s worth considering the type of equipment you need, if any, and clothing. If your desire is to bulk up muscle then investing in the correct weights would be a place to start. If you are beginning to run then a good pair of running shoes is a must.
Also, it’s worth looking at your diet and home setup.
At Home Exercising
As a busy mom, exercising at home may be your only option and there are so many ways that you can do it. It enables you to workout at times that suit your routine, perhaps around your children or any free time that you have in the day. Exercising at home can be a great way to boost your activity, but here are some of the things to think about before you get started.
What’s Your Goal?
Next thing is to establish what you want to achieve? Do you hope to be able to run marathons? Or is it something a little less extreme and just being able to get up in the morning with some energy and a zest for life? Whatever it may be, have that goal, set it, and work towards it. Nothing happens to the people that just sit back and wait. You have to work for it, but it’s much easier knowing what you are working towards. You now have all the tools to begin exercising. Now what?
Youtube Videos or DVD Workouts
We have a wealth of information at our fingertips, and things like YouTube has been a revelation. Exercise videos from workouts to yoga routines are regularly uploaded. Meaning a mom who is time poor should be able to fit 10 minutes into her day somewhere.A great tip would be to find something on your phone and then use the Airplay option, if it is an Apple iPhone, to stream it to the TV. There may be some airplay problems to overcome, but it can be the simplest way to do it. The same would apply to a DVD. Just put it on when you have your chance and go for it.
Create the Space
All you need is a bit of space so a lounge area or outside patio will be the perfect place to take some exercise.
Utilize the Early Morning or Evenings
Take every opportunity. If it means running at 6am when everyone is asleep, go for it. If it means running in an evening when your partner gets home take that chance. It’s hard to get into the habit at first, but once you are in a routine, you won’t look back.
Let;s hope these tips help you to get better fitness this year.