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Back when I was playing college football, I never had to worry about finding time to work out. It was planned out and scheduled into my day. The coaches would ask for my class schedule each semester and they would schedule all my workouts for me.
Fast forward past graduation and 4 kids later, I still love to work out at the gym. However, I can’t ever seem to get on a routinely scheduled workout time. Now I work from home and everyone always tells me to work out when the kids are at school. As nice as that sounds, it just doesn’t seem to work out. That is usually the time we schedule meetings, shoot videos, make doctor appointments, or attend school conferences.
However, there are ways to prepare for the New Year and a New You! If that 10:00 AM window just isn’t always open, there are ways you can work around that. So, when I can’t get to the gym, here are a few tips that work.
1- Aim for 20 minutes a day.
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2- Work outside (set a timer).
I work outside with the kids, even though it takes twice as long. Raking leavings, pulling weeds and doing other outside chores are a great way to get your heart rate up. Another way is to take a jog or a fast paced walk when your kids want to go on a bike ride. You are getting in some good family time in while squeezing in a workout.
3- Carry your kids around.
Offer your kids piggy-back rides or shoulder rides (or just carry them around).
Trust me… this is a workout in itself! Carry you kids up the stairs. You could even walk around the house downstairs, while you let your kids each ‘ride’ on your legs. Let them sit on your foot, wrap their arms and legs around your legs and walk while they get a free ride. Or, you can let them lay on their bellies and grab your ankles with their hands. Pull them around the house. Or you can play airplane…
Trust me, you can start the New Year off on the right foot. As long as you are watching what you eat, working out and sleeping well, you are going to feel better. Track these things with your scale and if you see yourself getting off track, just work hard to get back to the place where you need to be.
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