This is a guest post from Amanda, one that I DEFINITELY can relate to! How about you?
As one who’s been there before, many times, I’ve done a lot of personal depression research to see just how I could get myself out of those horrendous funks we all find ourselves in from time to time. The more research I did, the more I began realizing just how big a role fitness could potentially play in keeping me happy as well as healthy. After all, the two absolutely go hand in hand.
But realizing that getting myself involved in a personal fitness regime had the potential to help my mood, was really only a small part of the battle.
The rest of it was made up of finding enough time throughout the week, and keeping myself motivated and focused enough to stay on schedule. The following are three tips that helped me stay on track and turn many of those frowns upside down with the simple solution of working out.
Early Bird gets the Workout
Having kids makes finding time for just about anything other than them pretty challenging. Usually the most peace we get comes when they’re sleeping, but more often than not, by the time they’re asleep, we’re just about ready for a nap ourselves, right? In terms of working out though, I found that if I could get myself up just thirty or forty-five minutes earlier than usual, when the house was still quiet, I could sneak out for a nice two or three mile run before any of the kids were up. You would be astounded at what these short runs can do for your energy levels and mental clarity throughout the rest of the day.
Who needs sleep when you have cardio?
If you can’t get outside the house for extended periods of time, then try to get some simple exercises going inside. Sit-ups, pushups, and even pull-ups are easily done in the comfort of your own home with minimal cheap equipment or none at all.
If you can, buying a treadmill or other cardio-centric workout device is another great way to get your heart and mind going without having to leave the kids.
This is perhaps the biggest challenge I’ve faced yet when it comes to working out. Staying consistent, especially with the ever-hectic lifestyle accompanied with having kids, can be a really hard thing to do. However, it can be the difference between following a regiment and completely falling out of one. Try to set aside very specific daily or weekly routines and times for your workouts, and follow them to a T.
It’s easy to make excuses, but if you can be mentally strong and tough on yourself, you’ll be thankful in the long run. If you have to miss a workout, try to make it up later in the day to get back on schedule.
I can’t stress it enough: stay consistent.
It can certainly be tough going for the first couple weeks of working out, but I promise that once you get into the rhythm of it, your body and mind will thank you immensely. A little workout can really go a long way. And for us as mothers, that can mean a lot for not only our happiness and quality of life, but for our children’s as well.