As a parent, it is tough to find time to workout. Even with all the amenities, the gym offers it is still tough. By amenities, I am talking day care and access
to all kinds of different equipment.
You hear on the radio and from others who may not have a family that it is easy to get in there and do the work its only 30mins, there is daycare!
Okay sure tell me that while I am at a recital or a soccer game or practice. It is tough being a parent and staying consistent in the gym. But somehow I have made time.
Here is what I have learned!
While it is tough and can be the hardest thing to get in the habit of. It is doable. When I first started going to the gym 2yrs ago, if I missed a day I felt like giving up.
I thought to myself “I am never going to be able to stay consistent with this so why start”. Not only was that very negative of me it was completely untrue.
So I started researching and found out that you can miss a day here and there and you will be fine. Also, you can trade days out and it all works out.
For some reason reading that in a number of places set my mind at ease with missing days when I could not make it.
In fact, I think it made my gym going even better because I was able to match the gym to my life, not the other way around.
Find those little gaps of time.
When I first started I knew what days I had to go and when I had time to go. Most of the time it was before work. But sometimes there were little time gaps during the day on lunch.
Since then things have changed I have taken charge of taking the kids to school due to my wife having to be at work so early.
So I have flipped my gym time to the afternoon. You have to find the time to be flexible when it comes to your gym time. For example, I go for an hour to an hour and a half.
If I know it is going to be a long night at the gym and I need to get home quick. I change my workout to fill in that little gap and make my workout quicker. Same workout twice the speed!
Match your gym time to you!
If you were to hire a trainer today they would ask you almost immediately what your goals are followed by how often can you/do you train. What they are trying to do is simple.
They are trying to setup you up with a program that will work for you.
Let’s say you wanted to lose 10lbs and wanted to do it in a month. That is totally doable depending on your starting weight. But if you are only able to train one time a week. Well, you are going to run into some problems.
Make sure you set up your goals according to the time you can make it to the gym and put in the work.
Have realistic expectations.
To tie it all together you can go to the gym and still get fit, and fit gym time into your busy lifestyle.
But make sure you are staying true to yourself don’t give up on yourself if you did not lose that 10lbs mentioned earlier I am sure you lost some just keep at it and find time to go when you have time.