Fitting exercise into a busy family life

It’s the million dollar question for most moms, “How do I fit exercise into a busy family life?” I know you’re all begging to learn the secret trick that mamas who exercise aren’t sharing with you (those bitches…) For the love of god, where on earth do these moms find the time to run half marathons? Do triathlons? Or hit the gym 4x per week? I’m going to tell you where. And, it’s not rocket science or a crazy magic trick either.

It all starts with priorities. If exercise isn’t written on your mental priority list alongside grocery shopping and get an oil change, then it just won’t happen. No siree. Between September 2013 and July 2014, the most exercise my ass saw was chasing my son (out of breath) around the yard. At that time, I was on double duty while my husband commuted 120+ miles per day. It was a short stint when exercise was the least of my worries.

Now, think about your life. Will you be happier or healthier with more exercise?

If so, then you’ve got your answer and it’s time to make exercise a priority.  Nice! But, if you want to be one of those exercising mamas then the next step is critical. To really make exercise stick around in your life, you’ve got to pick an activity that makes you SWOON. Seriously.  For me,  I’d be willing to lose sleep for a little yoga or a shake of my ass in a dance class. But, running or spinning – forget it. I’ll stay in my cozy bed, thanks.

So, which physical activity would get your butt out of bed at 5:30am?

It’s got to be good. Reeeeal good, mama. Choosing something you LOVE puts your heart into and, at the end of the day, your heart leads the way and keeps you on motivated. The final key about being an exercising mama requires a huge but CRITICAL mindset shift. If you’ve still got it stuck in your pretty little head that you need 45 consecutive minutes a day for exercise to count, you’re doomed.

An exercising mama has come to the realization that: her hips will never be the same her breasts are forever transformed, and her exercise schedule doesn’t resemble a schedule at all.

Want to run around with the kids without getting out of breath? Or, look hot in your yoga pants? You can in just three easy steps!

  1. Make exercise a priority.
  2. Pick a physical activity you freaking LOVE, and
  3. Fit exercise in during the most whacky, unheard of moments in your day.

Exercising for 45 consecutive minutes multiple times per week may never happen again until your kids are off to college (or high school if you’re lucky). But, that’s okay. Every minute counts!  Tell me in the comments where can you fit exercise into your busy life? Let’s get moving!

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