Over the past few months, a lot of things have changed for me. With 2 little ones at home, I was, and still some days am, struggling to keep on top of things. My energy level was so low because I was constantly chasing after them, trying to clean, chasing after them, run errands and chase after them! Life with two little boys at home is not easy, I do not know how people manage with more lol.
Anyways, I started working out a little more and started noticing how much better I left, how much more productive I became and how much more energy I had. Not only that but I felt so much happier! Happy mommy/wife makes for a happy everyone else, am I right?!?
After hemming and hawing about it, I decided to try a 30day trial at boot camp and see how I could make it happen with my schedule. Some of my girlfriends go to the 9:30am and one went to the 5:30am…never have I been a fan of early workouts but I decided to give it a try since I was too tired at the end of my days to workout. The 9:30 classes offer daycare but it was in the middle of my youngest sons nap time so I decided to try the 5:30am class. It was hard at first but it’s what worked for me and my family.
I have now been going to 5:30am boot camp for a little under 3 months now, 4-5 days a week!!! It is not realistic to think this routine will work for everyone because it won’t. However, hopefully you can take some of the suggestions below to make one that will work for you!
1. MAKE A FITNESS/HEALTH GOAL
What is your fitness goal? WRITE IT DOWN. It could be losing weight, fitting into a certain pair of pants, toning up, increasing your energy, feeling better about yourself, etc. Just think about it and set up a routine to make it happen.
2. SET MULTIPLE ALARMS
If you are doing early morning workouts, this is a must haha! Oh…and the louder the better. I set two alarms and I have still ended up sleeping in and missing/running late to my worko
3. SET CLOTHES OUT THE NIGHT BEFORE
If you have your clothes set up the night before then it makes the early morning wake ups so much easier. You don’t have to worry about stumbling around the house, half asleep, looking for your workout gear. Even if you don’t plan on early morning workouts, you should still set it up so the next day when you consider whether or not to workout, you will feel more inclined to since your clothes is already out, ready to be worn!
4. GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
This is a hard one, especially if you have kids, but it is important! You need 7-8hrs to be at your best. Okay, it’s prob more like 5-6hrs for me but I think I have just gotten use to no/very little sleep and being mediocre in what I do…hahaha!
5. PLAN OUT YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE
Mine is already laid out for me. I go to boot camp so I don’t worry about a routine. You may not like classes so choose what works best for you…going to the gym, running, doing a fitness video. Whatever it is, plan it out so you when it’s time to do it…you actually do it!
6. MAKE THE INVESTMENT
Whether it be paying for a gym membership or new fitness clothes, make it! It doesn’t have to be a lot, base it off your budget. But, do make it. It will keep you feeling invested and you are more likely to stick to your workout routine.
7. FITNESS PARTNER/FRIENDS/SUPPORT GROUP
For me this was easy. I had friends that were already going so that kept me accountable! When we wake up we text each other so we know the other is up and ready for class. However, not everyone needs a “gym buddy”, it’s just works best for me. If you don’t have someone you can workout with, ask some friends, go to the gym and make some “gym friends” or try and sign up for a class and meet some people that have some of the same fitness goals as you!
8. MODIFY IF NEEDED
You may try something for a week and find that it just doesn’t work for your life. Don’t give up on working out, just try working out at a different time! If working out is important to you, make it a priority, you will be so thankful you did!
Hope this has helped give you some helpful ideas on how to make your fitness goal attainable!
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