There are so many things that get in the way of us moving and exercising the way we want to. Whether it be small children or work or competing commitments, it can be really tough! There are ways when a week isn’t going according to plan that you can sneak a bit in though and feel a whole heap better.
1) Get up Early
Not always possible for everyone if you are sole parenting or your partner leaves super early. But for a lot of us, if we set the alarm for 5am it means we can get a decent amount of exercise time in before we have to get into gear for work or school drop off. It’s my favourite time of day. Getting that me time in the morning just gets my head in a great place for the rest of the day.
2) Parents and Kids Classes
They have these at my local Crossfit. It’s so fantastic. I would go and do a class with a bunch of other parents and they have play areas (and carers) for the kids. I used to take Piper with me and she really looked forward to it. She wasn’t at preschool yet so the chance to play with other kids and all of the cool gymnastics equipment there is was always met with huge amounts of enthusiasm.
3) Tag Team
If you have a friend that runs this works a treat. Kids get a play date, and you both get a run in.
4) HIIT apps
There are so many 7 minute exercise apps that you can use. And they blare at you at a set time so you don’t forget. They focus on quick, high intensity workouts and are pretty great, particularly if you can’t get to a gym.
5) Walk at lunch time
Maybe the problem isn’t so much kids but that you are at work behind a desk all day? If you get an hour for lunch, you can use half of that to get outside and go for a walk. If you are like me, you will welcome the chance to get outdoors and away from the stuffy office anyway!
6) Playground workout
How boring is the park? Not anymore, because there are plenty of ideas out there for a playground workout so your kids have fun and you get some moving in.
7) Trike Training
When I still had my smallest at home with me sometimes I’d want to get a running session in but she had a serious case of pram refusal. But we did have a trike which she liked which had a telescopic steering so it was easy to manoeuvre. It certainly added a level of intensity to hill repeats and she enjoyed it.