First of all I hope you all had a wonderful Xmas and new year celebrations.
January is well-known for people to start their new year’s resolutions, detox, cleansing their bodies and minds.
I don’t do resolutions just because it’s the start of a new year, but try to achieve one or two things every month. How about you? Do you make new year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Anyway, today I am finally publishing a post I have been planning for so long, almost since I have started this blog, and think that now it’s the perfect time for many of you to read it.
One of the most common question I get asked in real life or on social media platforms is, “Where do you find time to do all your exercise?”
The answer is for me is very easy. For me keeping fit and healthy is my number one priority ( of course after my kids and husband, they always come first), and there cannot stand anything in my way to complete my routines.
I have always had an amazing drive and determination, and am hoping that writing this blog I am also sharing this and getting a few of you my lovely readers inspired and motivated, and to also show you that a normal mum like me can do it and what is achievable!
Of course I get the odd day here and there when I do not feel well or somehow know that it’s better to skip my routine, but that does not happen very often!
A clear example was a few weeks ago as I had my family from the Czech Republic visiting, but I still managed a few short runs. I had to skip my spinning and total abs classes as I took them sightseeing in London, where we did lots of walking, so still was staying active.
My top tips to stay motivated to exercise:
- Find exercise you love – this is probably the hardest thing of all. Only trial and error will show you what sport is right for you. If you do something you enjoy, you can get some great results. On the other hand doing something you don’t like, will only make your life a misery!
- Plan in advance – I have been following the same exercising pattern for years. That way I do not have to think about when to do my exercises, and just do them. On Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, I get dressed in my running gear for the school run, which saves the time. I also believe that a few of the school mums got inspired by me and started running! I also manage to squeeze another run at the weekend.
- Don’t get discouraged by the weather – This is so hard, I know what I am talking about. I am a beach and sunshine lover, and absolutely hate rain and grey skies, but let’s face it. Living in london is not the same like the amazing years I spent in sunny Sydney. I have learnt to go for my run even if it’s wet, windy and cold, and always feel so proud after completing, never regret.
- Buy yourself proper fitness gear for the sport you do – not only you will look like you are taking it seriously, you will. Spending money will make you feel guilty if you don’t. But the most important reason should not be the money, but the fact that all the fitness gear is designed for the sport you go for. For example when I started running, I used to wear normal cotton socks. Once I became a regular runner and did my research, I bought some running socks, and what a difference!
- Involve your family/friends – as with everything doing it together is usually much easier and seeing your family or friends will help you exercise too. I love my running, and unfortunately do not have a running buddy ( except for the years when my girls were tiny and I used to do buggy running), but I love it. On the other hand also enjoy taking part in spinning and total abs classes with other women.
- Reward yourself – By this, I certainly do not mean that after every class or every run, you eat a large bar of chocolate, but a little treat is definitely something I would recommend. Just make sure you don’t treat yourself too often!
- Sign up for a challenge – I do love my sport challenges, and recommend to anyone who needs a bit more motivation to exercise. Once you sign up for a challenge you will be aiming for a goal, and it would be much harder to skip your exercises. If you don’t exercises you will not be able to complete your challenge and will disappoint yourself.
- Childcare – This has always been my number one problem, and most mums face the same. If you are like me with no family around, it could be very tricky, but not impossible. For me the solution was in buying a running buggy, and that way my girls would still be with me, got some fresh air and usually a stop at a playground. When I was training for Swimathons, the only option was to find a leisure centre with a crèche where they kept my little ones for up to 2 hours. As these facilities are here to encourage mums/parents to keep fit, it was not very pricey, and again I was able to train for my Swimathon challenges.
I believe that being a mum is one of the best things that has happened in my life, and also think that this should not stop us from keeping fit and healthy.
Of course our children will and should always be the most important, but we also have to look after ourselves. This is not just for now, but for our and our children’s’ future.
Not keeping fit and healthy could result in illnesses and other health problems, which could make our little ones lives miserable.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. I am here to help and hopefully we can find a solution for any mum who needs help with finding the time and motivation to exercise.