Whether you’re a working gal, a student or a new mom like me, I think we can all agree that finding time to work out isn’t the easiest thing. Yes, we always feel good afterwards, but life often gets in the way and fitness gets pushed lower and lower on the priority list. I know that’s true for me, at least! So today I thought I’d share a bit about how I’m learning to find time for fitness while balancing motherhood and work and a social life.
DRESS FOR IT
Sometimes the first step is the hardest step. By simply wearing fitness clothes more often, I find I’m more likely to actually get out there and sweat a bit. This is harder if you’re at work during the day, of course, but still applies to non-work hours. Since I’m now wearing athletic clothing more than my regular clothes, I’ve also made a choice to amp up my fitness wardrobe a bit so I feel put together still. Also, having cute, new workout clothes is motivating! In the photos above, I’m wearing my favorite running tights, a soft tee, and a hoodie EIGHTYONE 20 sent me to try out. They design, manufacture and retail their own products, which keeps prices in check—this jacket is only $30 right now!
With the exception of walking (which I do a lot of now that I have a baby!), I find that if I don’t make a plan to work out, I never really end up doing it. In my day, I’ve realized Jack’s first nap is an ideal time to squeeze in a quick Pilates workout. And now that he’s 6 months old and we can start using our jogging stroller, I’m planning to add in some hill runs during the week in the early evening before Jack’s bedtime. Your schedule obviously will be different than mine, so take a look at your calendar and see when the most natural times to exercise are…then make a plan to sweat! When I was working in an office, I found lunch time or after work to make the most sense.
DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE
If you’re trying to force yourself to do a 5am barre workout 3 days a week when what you really love is running outdoors, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. Fitness should be both challenging and enjoyable, so be sure to pick activities you like doing! As I already mentioned, I love Pilates and hill running, so that’s what I do. And when I make time for it, I always feel refreshed, de-stressed and energized.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS, TAKE A WALK
Sometimes, breaking a sweat just isn’t going to happen. I feel you! When this happens for me, I just make time to walk more during the day, using my Misfit Shine as a tool to show me how much (or how little) I’ve moved around. Walking might not always feel like a workout, but it definitely counts in the long run as part of healthy, active living.
(This post was created in collaboration with EIGHTYONE 20. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Thoughts By Natalie possible!)