Finding time to exercise when the kids are home from school or on holidays can seem like mission impossible. At the end of the day, the ‘lack of time’ excuse is just that, an excuse. With 24 hours in a day, 30 minutes of exercise makes up 1/48th of your day. Not a massive amount of time is it?
Here are some ways you can find some time to exercise when the kids are home:
- Involve the kids
You don’t want your kids sitting in front of the TV the whole time they are home right? Of course not! Get them involved! It’s beneficial for you and them! Take them for a walk or down to the park. Make it fun and enjoyable and your whole family will love exercise (Novotney, 2010).
- Wake up earlier
You have no time to exercise right but you still manage to sleep 7-8 hours a night right? Waking up just a mere 30 minutes earlier before the kids are up will allow you to get your daily exercise in! It will be out of the way and you will be feeling 110% for the entire day! The first few days will be tough but once you get through those you will look forward to the morning exercise!
- Complete home workouts after the kids are asleep
If you prefer exercising in the afternoon or night, exercising after the kids are asleep is another option! Take turns with your partner watching the kids so you can exercise or if you don’t want to leave the house, complete a home workout! Its only 30 minutes of your time. To improve your health, that’s not a big investment!
- Find a gym with a kids area
This one may require you to do some research but there are gyms in this day and age that have kids’ areas. Your kids will be supervised the entire time you are working out, allowing you to focus 100% on yourself!
- Put it in your schedule
Create a schedule and place exercise into it. Once it’s in your schedule you’ll be more inclined to complete it! It will eventually become as routine as everything else you do and you’ll be improving your health by the day!
Novotney, A. (2010). “Fitting in fitness”. American Psychological Association, January, 36.