With the current situation the way it is, many of us find ourselves with a lot of extra time on our hands. Now, how you spend that time is completely up to you! It’s a great time to learn something new, start a new workout routine, or clean out that closet you’ve been meaning to clear out for the last two years! However, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is take the chill time that you’ve been given and relax.
But if you’d like to use some of this extra time to start working out – I’ve got your back! It can be confusing to know where or how to start, so I’m going to lay out a few guidelines here that you can use to get started.
1. Find a Space
Having a designated space where you exercise can be great for your mindset starting out. Ideally, this is a place that has minimal interruptions – i.e. your kids won’t be running through, your spouse isn’t trying to get work done nearby. I know this isn’t always possible, but, even if it’s just one part of a room that’s blocked off for you, that’s a great start! That space is for YOU and your self-care time.
2. Find a Time
As a mom, this can be a tricky point as schedules can vary greatly from day to day. However, if you can find some part of the day that’s relatively consistent, try to fit your workout into that time. Having a dedicated time of day, instead of just fitting it in when you can (which, let’s be honest, it can feel like we NEVER have time) goes a long way to making the commitment to exercise a more permanent decision.
3. Set Goals
If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time. Now, too often, fitness focuses on strictly weight-loss. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this goal, I think it wrongly focuses all your attention on that area. Try picking two or three other fitness goals that have nothing to do with how much weight you lose. For example, maybe you want to be able to workout for 20 minutes without having to take an extended break, maybe you want to be able to curl a 20 lb. dumbbell for 3 sets of 10 reps, maybe you want to be able to jump rope for 5 minutes straight! There are so many different kinds of fitness goals that don’t have anything to do with weight and can really make your goals a lot more fun!
4. Find What You Enjoy
I don’t like to run, so I don’t do it very often. I get my cardio in doing other kinds of activities. If my only physical fitness option was to run, I would absolutely dread it! If you’ve tried to get into fitness before and have hated it, odds are, you didn’t connect with whatever form of fitness you were trying. These days, there are so many different kinds of workouts available to you! If fitness is brand new to you or you haven’t enjoyed it in the past, start this new chapter trying a different type of workout each time for the first few weeks. This will expose you to a lot of different training styles and you will be able to find one that you enjoy the most and will be able to continue with consistently! Having fun with your workout makes a big difference – then you look forward to exercising instead of dreading it.
I didn’t want to overwhelm you with a huge long list of things to do – starting exercise can be daunting enough! But these four points are a great place to start. If you want more ideas, reach out to me!