We all get through hard times when making working out a part of the schedule. Even more, it can almost feel impossible when throwing the kids into the mix. So, the question is why is it hard for busy parents to work out? Sadly, it’s often due to a lack of motivation.
Parents typically don’t get enough sleep and spend their days constantly responding to needs of another human being. That combination is emotionally and physically draining, which leads to less motivation for physical activity.
It’s easy to put working out on your “would-be-nice-to-do” list, while the importance of fitness is too high to be kept on the back burner.
There are so many health benefits that come from being physically active, like reducing your risk for chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease, but it’s especially important for parents to stay fit. Plus, working out can give you more energy and reduce stress – extra benefits that parents especially need.
If these reasons are not enough for you, here’s one more. Be an active parent to set a great example for your child. Children learn behavior by what they see around them, and it starts early, so when kids see their parents exercise, they become likelier to be active as adults.
You can achieve all your fitness goals with the following four tips, which help to uplift your motivation level.
Become an early bird
The more you use your willpower during the daytime, the less likely you are to make yourself work out at night. That’s why many people prefer to hit the gym in the morning when their drive is at its maximum levels.
Involve other people in exercising
As the parents love spending time with their family, there’s a way to combining the family time and workout sessions. This will boost your motivation, as you’re going to be doing something you like. There are lots of different physical activities fitting all ages. You can play tag, work in the garden, play Frisbee in the park, or ride a bike.
If you’re willing to do something but not too sure it will be kid-friendly, there’s an option for you. Just find yourself a gym-baddy who enjoys running or spinning as much as you do.
Set smaller goals
Most of the time, people don’t work out because it seems like an intimidating, daunting task. But you don’t have to spend an hour at the gym to be active – there are lots of little ways to make everyday activities and chores just a little harder. And it’s so much easier to fit 10 minutes of movement into your day every few hours than find a larger chunk of time in your schedule.
Think about it. You can either do sets of 10 squats or pushups in between loads of laundry, or take one bag of groceries in at a time from the car, or take stairs two at a time to get your heart rate up.