According to the 7th annual New Year’s Resolution Survey* from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®), the top resolution for Americans in 2016 is health and wellness (44%). In a similar New Year’s Resolution study from GoBankingRates.com, 41.1% want to “live a healthier lifestyle” and 39.6% want to “lose weight.”
A lot of living a healthier lifestyle is about exercising more. If you’re a busy mom who has “exercising more” on the top of your New Year’s Resolution list, how can you find the time when you’re so busy? Here are 5 simple ways to find time to exercise when you’re busy.
- Wake up a bit earlier – one of the best ways to make sure that you get your exercise in is to do it first thing in the morning. Set up your workout clothes and sneakers the night before and set the alarm clock a bit earlier. Wake up before the rest of your household and head out for a run, to the gym, or do a DVD or online workout. This is definitely worth getting to bed earlier for.
- Do a short workout – a good workout need not be a long hour+ long slog at the gym or running on the road. There’s a growing body of evidence that you can get as good a workout or better in 15 or less minutes! There are workouts as short as 3 minutes that have proven to be effective. Check out this New York Times article about minimalist workouts. The best thing is that there are tons of great free short workouts on youtube. I found a great short workout video (7 minutes) for busy moms here:
- Use your commute for exercise – If you have a work commute you can use it to find time to exercise. If you’re close enough you can bike or run to work. If that’s not feasible, try getting off one or two stops bus or subway stops before and walking (if you use public transportation) or parking a few blocks from work and walking the rest of thew ay. Lastly, don’t forget to take the stairs.
- Combine friend and/or family time with exercise- Instead of heading out with your friends for a meal or happy hour, go for a hike or run instead. You can also have “date time” with your husband be a running date (instead of going out to eat or drink). Lastly, your kids will love to come running, walking or biking with you. If they’re too little, use a jogging stroller or carrier.
- Sneak in a lunch break workout – Use your lunch break to get in a workout. Either head to the gym or do some quick exercises right at your desk. See #2 about those short workouts.
OK, I share 5 quick and simple ways to find more time for exercise. What are your ways of finding time for exercise? Please share in the comments below.