I know I am one lucky wife. My husband works from home most of the time and has done for a while. This means I can fit in my exercise in the morning before he starts work or I can shoot off in the evening.
I know everyone is not that fortunate. I have friends whose hubbys leave for work very early and return very late. By the time the little ones are bathed and asleep and tea is prepared, fitting in some fitness is very tricky.
This week was one of those week’s for me. Hubby was very busy with work Tuesday to Thursday. I was doing more nursery drop offs and pick ups and the week’s routine was completely changed. I couldn’t gym Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning and this felt really odd. It also made me realise how tough it must be for those who have this all the time.
How can you exercise with so little free time?
- Exercise with your children. I decide to take my girlie for a walk on one of my gym-free days and ended up carrying her most of the way. 13kg for around 20 minutes is a good enough work out for anyone.
- Go to a soft play. I get so hot following my gremlin around and you are moving, bending, crawling. Much better than just being sat on the side.
- Try to put aside one weekday where you will go out and do something, even if it is late. I managed to get to my Zumba class on Thursday once hubby was home. I had to eat earlier and was almost late due to my gremlin having 10 million stories but I managed it.
- Weekend exercise. Obviously at the weekend it can be family time/lazy time but you really only need 30 minutes of exercise to have a least done something, An exercise DVD, a brisk walk or a run would easily work. Once it’s done, it’s done and takes the same time as an episode of Eastenders.
- Home equipment. You don’t want to spend a fortune. My friend has bought a cheap treadmill and it has transformed her exercise and she can run for a solid 30 minutes. Dumbells, kettlebells and a mat are so good basic bits to have.