Today I welcome Ellie from Fit Fun Mum to the blog, she is something that I definitely am not and one of the reasons I was so happy that she offered to guest post was that I hoped to get some inspiration from her and learn about how I could fit exercise into my busy schedule.
My problem is that I don’t exercise and although I don’t have a problem with my weight, I do have a problem with my energy levels and I know that exercising will also greatly benefit my mental health. So, enough of me waffling on about my laziness, over to the wonderful, Ellie!
My name is Ellie and I blog at Fit Fun Mum
. I write about health, fitness, and my newest venture: parenting! I love inspiring people, and motivating them to be their best. I have a passion for health and fitness and frequently post workouts to do from home. I also love sharing anything that can make mummy life better or easier!
I am a busy woman. I am a working mother and do shift work with a 4.5 month old baby. I don’t have a ‘routine’ simply because in my profession, I can’t.
Fitness and health is my passion. I love the feeling of being healthy, and exercising is both my stress relief and downtime. For this reason, I prioritize a little gym time in my life or I find myself depressed and grumpy.
At work, I hear a lot of women tell me they don’t have time to work out. They tell me of hideous study hours, active children, or the constant fatigue that comes with shift work.
I think you can most certainly make exercise part of your life regularly if you prioritize it. My aunty got through her studies by power walking on the treadmill whilst reading her textbooks. I think it’s a great way of multitasking!
I have a friend who openly states she also hits the treadmill with her Tablet first thing in the morning and goes on all her social media as well as watches TV shows that drive her partner mad.
Personally, gym time is my time. I don’t spend it with my headphones in. I don’t spend it checking my phone or texting in between sets. I spend it thinking. The gym is where I get all my good ideas, plans and solutions. I plan out my day or week. I think about dinner, lunches, shopping. I go through everything that I find overwhelming or full on and I break it down. Some people have a glass of wine after a big day, I prefer the gym.
So how do I fit in exercise as an insanely busy mum?
I view it as something that needs to be done, not something that should be done. I am a cow when I don’t get my endorphin fix and my baby and fiancé don’t deserve that.
Include your children
I don’t drive to the park, we walk there. We play on the swings, feed the ducks. I jog there and back. If your children are a bit older, you can keep active by going to the beach or pool, or perhaps even ice skating?
Keep it quick
If you’re stuck for time you can try super setting your workout, or increasing your intensity to get the most out of a short workout. I did an absolute killer leg and butt workout in barely 30 minutes this week. I could barely get to my car!
Do it at home
Chuck on a DVD, buy a second hand treadmill (I did!), or perhaps even a workout circuit that can be done in your own living room. When my daughter was first born I played Insanity workouts whilst she napped.
Ultimately, I exercise to be a better fiancé and mother. I know the benefits do not just directly effect me but have an effect on everyone around me. I hope I have inspired you to fit workouts into your busy lives.
How do you fit workouts into your day?