When I was fresh out of college and a newly married high school math teacher, I got my first gym membership. I was so excited because I would be able to workout and have TONS of equipment at my fingertips. I thought I’d be able to get into the best shape of my life (post college athlete days) and be able to take a class or two whenever I wanted. Oh, the childless days.
The days where you would come and go as you pleased, not have to worry about naps or meals, just drop everything and head to the gym. I could spend hours on end and not have a care in the world. It was MY time to relax and de-stress from the day.
Fast forward five years and enter first child. I still made a point to head to the gym each day on my way home from work before picking up my son, but I had much less time and was finding that the hassle of it all was just that, a hassle. I felt bad for leaving him longer in child care just so that I could get my workout in and found that my six days a week of the gym turned into three or four. Once my second son was born, the gyms days were long gone.
Sure, I could load them up and put them in the germ-infested childcare, but who wanted to do all of that for a 30-60 minute workout? Not me!
It wasn’t until about three years ago, that I found what has worked best for this busy mama of now three little boys. HOME WORKOUTS! What?! Yes, I workout at home, sometimes with my kids crawling all over me and sometimes alone, but I don’t let that stop me and I am in the best shape of my life at the age of 33. I am now able to get a great workout done from home in 30 minutes or less and not have to waste time driving to the gym or waiting for machines to open up. I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have that extra hour in my day.
So, even though I don’t have hours to spend at the gym, I’m still able to get that much needed time in and I’m a better, more patient mama because of it. Don’t let the lack of time keep you from taking care of yourself. The gym is not the only answer to your fitness goals. You can be fully present and get your sweat on all from the comforts of home. Maybe it’s popping in a dvd, maybe it’s scrolling through the free videos on demand, or maybe it’s getting an online subscription to a workout you love. It’s time to make yourself a priority and start showing your little ones the importance of health AND fitness.
Do you workout at home? What are some of your favorite home workouts?