Hope you all had a great Fourth of July weekend!
Jada & I celebrated a relaxed holiday with my parents. The weather was gorgeous, so we were outside all day. That’s the way it should be!
We visited a local splash park, then spent the rest of the day in the baby pool.
High fives to no more fireworks (at least the ridiculously loud ones). Does that make me sound old? I will never get the sonic booms; anyone else feel me?
Jada even had a wardrobe change on the 4th, so she could wear both of her patriotic outfits.
She often sees me writing up workouts on paper, so I think that’s what spurred the above pic. And, my mom is a crossword puzzle queen.
Finding Time for Exercise
I recently posted about the challenges of finding time to exercise on my Facebook page, especially if you are a parent. Here are a few ways I find time to fit in a workout.
1. Use 20-30 minutes wisely.
I believe in intensity over duration when it comes to a workout. 20 minutes really IS enough a few days a week (other days you’ll want to go longer), if you push it. Often, I will pick 5 compound movements (think lots of muscles) and do a tabata for each one.
2. Small sets add up
More recently, I have been able to get a few sets of this and few sets of that while Jada is entertaining herself.
She has become more independent with play time, so I usually can do squats, push-ups, sit-ups and planks, for example, while Cooper babysits! I avoid kettlebell swings because that just isn’t safe around her anymore.
3. Make it a family affair
Instead of going out for dinner or to a movie, choose something that gets you and your family moving. You’ll be setting a great example for the little ones.
For example, we put in a few miles at the Omaha Zoo each visit. Then, add a 23 pound active, toddler to the mix, and that’s a workout! Or make a date night (or day) with your significant other, and workout together. These were always my favorite ways to spend time with Spencer.
4. Redefine exercise
Exercise doesn’t always have to be about lifting a set of dumbbells or running. Yard work and chores around the house can be a workout, especially if you increase your pace.
5. Make it part of your routine
Above all, schedule time to workout. If you make it a part of your day, like any other appointment, you won’t miss it.
How do you find time for fitness?
Fireworks: Yes or no?