Finding the motivation to stick to an exercise program can be hard enough, but add in being a mum, partner, employee and whatever else you have going on and it becomes even more challenging. As a busy, single mum of two, with 30 years in the fitness industry, I have put together my top tips for getting your exercise groove back on and keeping it!
Start Small: Especially if you haven’t been exercising in awhile, set yourself the goal of just one or two sessions per week. I often have clients that want to book in for four or five classes, straight up. I would rather see someone start with just one session per week and build from there. The most important thing is that you just start, right now, as you are.
Do something you Enjoy: I know this sounds obvious, but you would be surprised by how many people choose an activity that they don’t like and then wonder why they can’t stick to it. I was speaking with a mum the other day who said she was finding it hard to motivate herself to go out for a run. I asked her if she liked running and she said no she hated it! There are so many options when it comes to exercise, choose one that you look forward to doing.
Grab a Friend: Why sweat alone when you can work out with a buddy? Group classes are a great place to do this. Sign up with a friend or even find some new ones in the group. Search out classes or programs with other mums, so that you can keep each other motivated, accountable and everyone is very understanding when someone turns up having hardly slept with their shirt on backwards!!