Imagine this, your day starts at 6am (if the kids sleep through the night), you get up, get yourself dressed, wrangle your small humans out of their pyjamas and into their day clothes, get them, yourself and your wife/girlfriend breakfast, pack lunches, drop your little lovelies off at daycare then head for work, all before 8:30am, sound familiar? Mums are amazing, and the only thing more amazing than one mum is the power of two kick-arse mums.

What does your daily routine look like? Say you are asked to sit down and write out how each day flows for you.Can you list your daily habits? How long you take to do each one, what changes on which day of the week, have you planned how you are going to approach your whole day?

 

If you aren’t planning your days, chances are, you are going to have an interesting time figuring out how to add something new, like that incredible health and fitness program you signed up for, to your day.  

 

This is not to say that you have to become obsessed with putting everything into your diary and never having any flexibility in your life, it is about finding the best ways to use your time effectively. So that you can find balance, see exactly how you can add a new habit to your day and then make it happen without having to wait. Because who doesn’t want to get straight into improving themselves.

The longer it takes you to add your new training sessions to your day, the harder it is going to become as the time passes. It can be very easy to put it off til tomorrow, not necessarily because you don’t want to start training, but because having to plan the logistics of how you are going to manage it is not always the funnest thing to do.

If you are unsure of where to start, let’s look at a couple of steps that will help you get yourself a little more organised.

First, you want to figure out when you have free time during your day, whether it is morning, during the day or the evening. If you find that you seem to have a lot of small gaps here and there, if you can, try to condense your activities so that you have a more consistent flow of daily activities with 30-60 minutes of free time where you feel it is most suitable in your day. We know that when it comes to juggling life around your kids, this may be A LOT easier said than done.

If this is the case, why not try for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening, there is nothing wrong with splitting your training into two separate blocks.

Once you have established your available times, take a look at your training program and figure out how you are going to make it fit within your time frame.

I will give you an example with times each activity should take:

 

Day 1 Training Program

Warm up = 7minutes

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ROUND A

Squat x10 = 1 minute

Push Up x10 = 1 minute

Sit Up x10 = 1 minute

Repeat 3 times through = 9 minutes

 

ROUND B

Double leg raise x10 = 1 minute

Plank 30 seconds = 30 seconds

Wall Sit 30 seconds = 30 seconds

Repeat 3 times through = 6 minutes

 

This entire training session is going to take you a minimum of 21 minutes, not including rest or if you take a bit longer with certain exercises.

If you only have 30 minutes spare then you are going to nail this session. If, on the other hand you need to split this session between two separate 15 minute times the sessions would look like this.

 

First half session of the day (morning):

Warm up = 7minutes

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Squat x10 = 1 minute

Push Up x10 = 1 minute

Sit Up x10 = 1 minute

 

Repeat 3 times through = 9 minutes

Total time = 16 minutes

 

Second half session of the day (evening):

Warm up = 7minutes

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Double leg raise x10 = 1 minute

Plank 30 seconds = 30 seconds

Wall Sit 30 seconds = 30 seconds

 

Repeat 3 times through = 6 minutes

Total time = 15 minutes

 

By splitting your sessions, you are going to get 30 minutes of exercise into your day, without it feeling like it is a huge undertaking.

Once you start putting those sessions away you are going to be feeling amazing. Not just because being active helps to make you feel great, look younger or live longer but also because you are taking control of your days, you are investing a little each day in yourself, which is also investing into your family.

These are just a couple of small steps that will help you to get started and stick to your training. When you know exactly when you are going to do it, it is much more difficult to put it off. You have no excuses, you have made the time to do it, so do it.

The best part is you can have the kids join in too, they would love nothing more than to “play” training with their heroes, their kick-ars mums. Make fitness a family event and you will find yourself building great habits as well as being the most incredible role model for your kids.