My baby girl is four months old today. When I stop and reflect on that, I can't help but notice how much things have changed since the day we brought her home. I can no longer focus on me, as all of my energy goes to her first and foremost. But that's not to say that I've lost myself in motherhood. It's taken some time, but I finally feel like I've got a good grip on her schedule, and how her schedule relates to my schedule and all of the things I need...want to get done. The most important of those things, as I'm sure you can probably guess, is my need to exercise. Fortunately, as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, I have an awesome amount of resources at my fingertips. I just don't necessarily have the time for said resources. But in the last month, I've figured out how to make the time despite Miss Hannah and her needs. Here's what my typical week of exercising looks like:
I also have a really great road bike hanging in our (dusty) garage, taunting me every time I get in my car. It, quite literally, smacks me on the head sometimes. Oh, Jamis...
1) Riding it to my 6:00AM class. Literally, I live two minutes away from the gym.
2) Replacing one of my shorter runs during the week with a ride.
Ultimately, I would love to spin as well. My gym has some great instructors and there is a class that would fit my work schedule (and the nursery's schedule), but I can't get there in time because of Hannah's schedule. And that's perfectly fine. She comes first, of course.
Certain things have to come first. But exercise, in whatever form it fits you, should always be (at the very least) a close second. So if you're having a hard time figuring out how to get exercise into your schedule, ask yourself the following:
1) Am I doing my best to make it a priority? Is any part of me being lazy?
2) Are there things on my schedule that aren't as important as I'm making them out to be?
3) Am I taking advantage of my gym membership, complete with showers for pre-work sessions?
4) Do I really need to do this (whatever it may be) right this second or should I be working out?
5) Is it really impossible for me to get up earlier?
6) Am I stretched too thin? (Figuratively speaking, of course.)
There is always time for exercise. Trust me. You just have to find it.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, this is the scenery I was telling you about above.
Question: How do you make the time for exercise in your weekly routine?