“I don’t have time.”
This is the biggest excuse I hear. I even tell myself this same thing sometimes. Most of us are legitimately busy. I get it. But it’s an excuse.
Even though my 22 year old is at college, I still have to take time for her. She called me last night needing to talk and instead of sitting in my room, I walked around outside. My 2nd one is also at college- I’m going with her. We take the stairs instead of the elevator every day- 3 flights. Then I walk down 3 flights outside then back up 2 for my second class. When we are studying, we’ll take 5 minute breaks to go on a quick walk or I’ll do some little strength training exercises.
My youngest is a dancer. When she was little I was right there with all of the other preschool parents with my face pressed against the glass. But now that she’s older, I’ll either go home and go on a walk or walk around the building at the studio with some of the other moms. There’s no reason for me to sit on my ass for hours watching her (although I do every once in a while). I know she’s safe. She’s not going anywhere. Might as well make good use of my time for me.
Most of us have to cook dinner, right? While you’re waiting for the pot to boil, do some push ups against the counter, walking lunges down the hall or squats in front of the stove. Jog in place. I step in place when I wash dishes, wait for the tub to fill or the shower to get hot. You know kids are never ready when we want them to be. While you’re standing at the door loaded down with their backpacks while they find a missing shoe or book, do some calf raises or squats. Got a little one at home? Strap them on and do squats and lunges. Use them for bicep curls or shoulder lifts. Stick them in a stroller or in a bike seat and go for a walk or ride. At a theme park? Use your time in line doing push ups or tricep dips against the railing. Do squats with a kid, lunges or slightly inconspicuous calf raises. Who cares if other people look at you funny. You’re not getting fit and healthy for them. You’re doing it for you. Plus, you’re never going to see them again anyway. And if they happen to take a video of you to post on their Facebook? Jokes on them. YOU are doing something positive to make your life better. Standing in line at the store? Same thing. Use your time wisely.
No time? Too busy?
I’m a full time mom of 4, part-time college student, lead admin for Tampa Bay Moms Group, I run fitness challenges, blog, drive my kids all over town, am a semi-crazy dance mom, former baseball/soccer/volleyball/track mom, full time wife of a work-at-home husband who travels, and a whole bunch of other crap I’ve forgotten.
You CAN find the time. You just have to want it bad enough.