Staying fit and healthy when you have children can feel like mission impossible. If, before you had children, you used to hit the gym every week, you will find adjusting to parenthood quite tricky. Now, you need to try to fit your workout regime to your current schedule. It is not easy, but it is possible. In the end, it will be worth it to make sure that you are as healthy as you can be. After all, when you are fit, you can do more active things with your children on a daily basis. Here is how you can stay healthy at home.
Step 1 – Kit out your house with special equipment
The first thing you need to do is ensure that you have the best specialist equipment available. If you are doing inversion exercises, for example, you might want to get the Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion Table. Look at reviews online before you decide to buy anything at all. In fact, there are loads of home style equipment that you can buy. If you have a spare room, you could turn it into a personal gym. That way, you can make sure that you always have somewhere quiet to exercise.
Step 2 – Schedule a time every week to exercise
The next thing you ought to think about is scheduling your time. I know as well as anybody that, when you have children, your day to day schedule can be difficult. You might have to drive your kids to clubs or help them with their homework, but surely you have some free time. Try to find at least half an hour every day so that you can exercise. Write the time in your diary or save it in an app. That way, you will get a reminder when it is time to start working out.
Step 3 – Watch videos and play games
One of the major advantages of working out in a gym is that there are people on hand to help you out if you get stuck. If there is any area of a particular routine that you don’t understand, you need to get a little more information about it. The best thing you can do if you are working from home is look for videos online. These days there are so many personal trainers out there, that you are sure to find one who has made a video that can help you. Search YouTube and see whether you can find tutorials that can help you with your current routine. Similarly, there are an array of video games aimed at fitness such as the Wii Fit and Xbox Fitness which allow you to earns points as you exercise and take your mind off the burn.
Step 4 – Ensure that everyone leaves you alone
This step is much harder than it sounds. When you live in a family household, there are always things going on around you. For example, one of your children might have their friends over to play for a while. All that extra noise in the house is sure to be a massive problem. You need to do everything you can to make it clear that you need some space. Only then, will you have the right amount of time to complete your exercises for the day.
Step 5 – Keep track of your ongoing progress
Studies have found that if you track your ongoing progress, you are more likely to stick to a routine than you would otherwise be. That is why it is so important that you keep a record of your exercises. If you can see that your exercise routines are paying off (you are gaining muscle or losing weight), you will feel proud. That in itself will spur you on to work harder than before and stick with your routines in the long term.
Staying fit is never easy when you have other time constraints. You need to make the time to get healthy if you care about your fitness.