6 Ways to Make Time for Fitness in the New Year
Updated: Sep 2, 2019
Finding time for fitness when life is busy isn’t easy. With a new school year and the holidays fast approaching, your mind is probably filled with a laundry list of what needs to get done instead of your own health. Back to school shopping and preparing for the mad three-week yuntif sprint (and the copious amounts of food prep and cooking that go along with it), can make you feel like there’s zero time left for yourself. But did you know that carving out time to work out can actually increase your productivity? It can reduce stress, give you more energy, and put you in a more positive frame of mind. Try these six tips to make time for your fitness in the new year.
6 Ways To Fit In Fitness This New Year
Block off time: You use your planner or Google calendar to plan everything from your kids’ playdates to your Shabbos grocery list. Why not also use it to schedule in your workout? Block off 30-60 minutes for a walk, yoga, group class, or another activity you enjoy. Even if your day is crazy and you end up cutting your workout short, you’ll at least get something in.
Get up earlier: Try setting your alarm a little earlier to squeeze in whatever you can before your day really gets away from you. The quiet of morning means less distractions that will demand your immediate attention. Yes, if your baby kept you awake all night this may not be a good tactic for you just yet. In that case, an evening workout might be a better option. Bottom line? Early is often a safer bet, but sometimes you have to just get it done whenever you have a chance.
No babysitter? No problem: A workout is still possible even if you have the kids in tow. If you’re a new mom with a baby, try a Mommy & Baby class to get a postnatal workout and also meet other moms who are in a similar life stage as you. If your kids are older, some gyms (like WFC!) offer free babysitting so you can let your kids have fun while mom gets a minute to focus on herself. And if for whatever reason you just can’t make it to the gym, try making your workout a family affair! Pushups, jumping jacks, and squats are easy movements that your kids will have fun joining you in.
Workout with a friend: Working out with a friend or joining a group fitness class can add a social component that will make you look forward to focusing on your health. It will also make you accountable for showing up (lest you leave your buddy hanging). Make a date for a walk, or try taking a class together.
Try a fitness tracker: Wearing a fitness tracker can give you the motivation you need to stay active, even if you’re short on time. Fitness trackers can measure everything from steps, to your heart rate, to how well you’re sleeping. A fitness tracker can help you form healthy habits and make fitness feel more like a fun challenge than something you dread. For example, trying to meet a daily step quota might encourage you to take the stairs rather than the elevator, allowing you to fit in a mini-workout even if you’re lacking time to get to the gym.
Find what you enjoy: There are some days when making yourself move is a feat of willpower. But it’s always easier to motivate yourself when you’re genuinely enjoying exercise. Try different workouts to see what you like best. Kickboxing? Strength Training? Yoga? Circuit training? You might find a new class you love. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try new things.
By utilizing these six tips, you’ll be able to carve out time in your day to improve your health and be your best self. Let the team at WFC help you reach your goals to make this your fittest year yet!
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