This is possible.
Those are the first words I want to tell you because one of the lies that we creatives hear is that it’s impossible to workout. We hear the lie that it’s impossible because of our time commitments and we honestly love our jobs so much that we don’t want to do anything else! I know that we believe that because I have believed that! So...
This is totally possible. And it’s possible for this to be something we actually love to do!
Here we go! Let’s break it down into actionable steps (that always helps me) and you can choose what works for you. Do as much as you want and don’t be afraid to start small!
STEP ONE: Introduce Daily Reps
This is the easiest thing you can do and it’s totally free. The gals over at Tone It Up have daily reps for you to accomplish (you have the option to buy the video workouts, or you can grab something off youtube). You just have to do 3 sets so you can do them back-to-back or you can do them at different times throughout the day!
I love a good routine and then I love switching it up! I always plan to do 3 sets in the morning. But if Daniel wakes up before I finish, I like to spread them out throughout the day (1 in the afternoon and 1 at night - whatever works)! I also love sleeping in, so if I don’t do them in the morning, I try to do 1-2 reps at the beginning of naptime and 1 at the end. I use Monday, Thursday, and Friday naptimes to work, so it’s a great way to get my mind ready to think!
STEP TWO: Introduce Cardio/Legs/Arms/Abs
You can go walk for 40 minutes, go on a run for 40 minutes, do zumba on youtube - the options are endless! Think about how you can build one of these things into your lifestyle.
What works for our family right now is to put Daniel in his pack n play, turn on Little Einsteins, and then go through one of the Tone It Up video workouts. Just find what works for yourself- but I also want to say that we mommas need to drink in some grace. I’ve put too much pressure on myself to do it all perfect - but my measure of perfect was pinterest. That’s so not a good measure of perfect. So I’ve been trying to focus on Philippians 4:8 with my parenting:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Only I think about the last part like “do those things.” Is it a lovely thing to let Daniel make a mess with his toys throughout the day and be creative? Yes! And it’s not going on Pinterest. Is it admirable to let him watch tv so I can take care of my body? Yes!
Check in real quick - where's your heart in this?
Face your fears
It’s not about awesome 2 hour workouts! Those are so fun, but if you’re not in a season of life where that’s possible, that’s okay. Just see what you can build into your day! What fears do you have about working out? What are your biggest obstacles? No, really! Pull out a pen and a piece of paper and let’s answer these questions...
What fears do you have about taking the first step?
Who in your life can you ask for support?
Maybe you need someone to tell you that it’s okay to use the nursery/playroom at the gym. Maybe you need someone to say, “I'll definitely do this with you!”
What is your “Why” for working out?
Look below the surface here.
There’s so much wrapped up in working out. There’s the body image factor. There’s the time factor. Goodness gracious, there’s even the weather factor! Face what’s holding you back and push through it, jump over it, or move around it.
See?! This is totally possible.