Motivate and Discipline Yourself When Exercising as a Mum
One of the hardest things to do as a woman is to exercise after you have given birth. This particular period of time after giving birth gets cluttered by a lot of new responsibilities and chore that come with being a mom paired with the body’s unwilling nature to put out a lot of effort since it already got used to lying around while you were expectant.
However, it is important to exercise during this period so that you can regain your physical fitness as well as improve your health. For the mothers that lack the commitment as well as motivation to exercise, below are some tips on how to stay motivated.
- Make an effort to move
Like the saying goes movement begets movement which is the same principle embedded in Newton’s laws of motion and kinetic energy. Thus even on the days, you feel like you don’t want to do anything you should push yourself get up and at least make the effort to walk around.
This is because once you are in motion it typically becomes much easier to continue moving rather than stopping.
- Do the exercises you like
Exercise doesn’t mean taking a run on an elliptical machine or taking on a sport. For people who hate high-performance activities such as running or sports, it is possible to take up something less extreme but still provides results such as dancing, aerobics or even taking a walk. If you stick to activities that are boring to you, you will always lack the motivation to push on.
- Make use of a fitness tracker
For moms who have a competitive streak, you can tie a fitness tracker to your wrists as you go for runs or walks to keep track of the number of steps or miles you have put up. This, in turn, will enable you to go a step further the next time you do the same exercise.
- Create workouts out of your daily chores
As a mom, you tend to have a busy schedule looking after your kid and hence making time to exercise is not quite an option. However, you can fix different types of workouts in your chores. For instance when picking up dropped toys (which happens quite often) you can opt to squat instead of bending over, which will burn more calories. Other exercises you can do include running around with your kids and sucking in your stomach as you move around.
It is quite difficult to maintain a regular workout schedule by yourself especially when there is no one else checking on your progress. To enforce your exercise responsibility, it is a good idea to find an exercise buddy. The both of you will keep each other in check as well as maintain a strict and regular workout schedule.
- Make exercise a priority
The same way you make it a routine look after parts of your body such as your teeth, it should be the same way you consider exercising as a routine. You don’t go for a day without brushing your teeth and in the same way, you should not skip a single workout session.
- Be a motivator
Being a motivator is no easy track, but it is also beneficial to you. For instance is a friend asks you to help them stay on track with their exercises; provide the required assistance because you have to lead by example. You will have to set an example by living up to the healthy habit you want them to adopt.