Between all the jobs a parent does daily, finding the time to fit in exercise and do even the smallest things to stay healthy can be a real challenge. It’s like the old saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. By taking care of yourself first, you’ll have more to give to those you love.
If you’re a busy parent and struggle with prioritising health and exercise, we’ve put together some of our biggest tips to help you get back on track.Start Small
Whether it’s a 3km walk or a 15-minute at-home workout, just get started! The most important part of creating long-term, consistent habits is to start small. If you set unrealistic goals and expectations for yourself, you’re setting yourself up to fail.Convert The Commute
According to a study by the Australian Institute, among Australians who travel to and from paid work, the mean commuting time is three hours and 37 minutes each week.
While some of us have no other choice than to sit in the car or take public transport to work every day, we do have choices about how we spend our time commuting to appointments and running errands. Think about how you can spend time walking or cycling to appointments if possible.
Again, it’s about starting small and finding additional opportunities to move your body.Set Time Aside
Find the best time to work out for you. That might be early in the morning before your kids wake up, during your lunch break at work, or in the evenings. Our best recommendation is to stick with a consistent schedule so your body gets used to a routine.Make Chores Fun
A parent's work is never done, especially the cleaning! Start involving your children by making simple chores fun. As an example, for smaller children, a fun game might be who can clean up their room the fastest, or who can pick up the most items. For older kids and teenagers, rewarding them with a healthy treat or a monetary reward always does the trick. This not only helps set themselves up for adult life but also helps busy parents.Involve Your Children
Children love to copy their parents. If you start exercising while your children are young, you are setting a good example. Children are more likely to commit to doing the same as they get older and, therefore, they will grow up to be fit and active adults.
Ready to make a total lifestyle change? Our Ultimate Transformation Program is a perfect starting point for those busy parents needing a kick start on their fitness journey. Our structured training and nutrition program is suitable for all fitness levels and you can access anywhere, anytime. Join the TNT family today!