Hey, mama…you can fit in a workout every day.
I know it might seem impossible sometimes, but trust me…you can do it. Today, I’m going to tell you how!
If you haven’t worked with me before or you don’t know me, my name is Rachael. I’m the mom of six and I help moms lose weight, build confidence, and find the energy that they need.
When I first started coaching moms about five years ago, I started with a very touchy-feely approach. You know, “Oh, you didn’t put your workout in today? No worries. Pat yourself on the back, you’ll do better tomorrow.” But I realized that I was actually doing my clients a disservice. Because the more that I let them off the hook, the more that they were going to let themselves off the hook.
Over time, I developed more of a tough-love approach. I started talking with clients more about how they can make working out happen so that it wasn’t something that they were beating themselves up over. Instead, I wanted it to be a situation where they felt really good about the workouts that they were doing and they actually wanted to do the workouts.
The thing is, I’m not telling you that you have to do a hard cardio or weight workout every single day to be successful. You just need to find the time to do something. For me, I carve out time every morning first thing and I made it part of my routine. It makes it a habit.
Even on my rest days (Sunday), I stretch. I don’t take any days off because once you take that first day off, it makes it a lot easier to take the other days off, too.
So…how do I help my clients make time for a workout every day? How do I help them make it a habit that sticks? Let’s talk through the six steps I utilize.
Step One: Change Your Thoughts
That’s the first step in fitting in that workout. I want you to change your thoughts from, “I don’t have time,” to, “I have time to work out.” That’s all I want you to say. “I have time to work out.”
I want you to write it on paper. I want you to think about it all the time. I want you to do all those things so that you make that time for yourself to put that workout on your calendar, to fit it into your day, and to create that habit. Because without that habit, you’re not going to do it and you’re not going to get the results you’re looking for.
Step Two: Figure Out Your “Why”
Your “why” is the reason that you’re wanting to workout. It’s the reason that you’re looking to make this lifestyle change. Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want more energy? Why do you want to have more confidence? What are you missing out on in your life because you’re not having those things?
Once you figure out what your “why” is, it’s going to be a lot easier to want to do the workout. On days where you’re extra tired or lacking the motivation, you’ll be able to come back to your “why.” Because as your coach, I can only do so much for you. I can tell you to do your workout, but you’re the one that’s actually going to have to do it.
If your “why” is that you want to chase your kids around the park, then come back to that on those days where you’re tempted to skip a workout. Maybe your “why” is to get ready for a special event and wear that hot dress you own. Remember your “why” on days when you need that reminder.
Step Three: Make Yourself a Priority
I know that this is easier said than done sometimes, especially for us as moms. We think that we should do everything for our kids and families before we do things for ourselves. But you need to make yourself a priority!
It’s not selfish. It’s okay to say, “I’m going to go work out.” It’s okay to tell your kids that they need to wait for 30 minutes until you are done with your workout to make them lunch or to help them find their clothes, or whatever it might be. For me, my kids know that they need to wait until I’m done in the early morning before they get out of bed.
Make yourself a priority so that you matter more than anything else during that time that you are planning on doing your workout. Take 30 minutes every single day to do that.
Step Four: Schedule It
Put it on the calendar. Whether your workout is happening at 5:00am or 7:00pm, put it into your calendar for 30 minutes a day. Once it’s in, there are no excuses! If you had a doctor’s appointment in your calendar, you wouldn’t cancel it at the last minute or just not show up. You wouldn’t cancel a date with your partner. You would put it in your calendar and it would become part of your schedule.
Step Five: Embrace No Excuses
As easy as it can be to come up with excuses, there aren’t any when it comes to missing your workout! You need to make that workout happen. Even if your kid is sick, something comes up at work, your house needs a deep clean, your spouse is working late, whatever it is. Make yourself a priority and keep that schedule going no matter what comes up.
For me, my morning workout is something that I do regardless of what is going on in my life. I get up in the morning and I do it and everything else comes later. If it ends up that I’ve got a list of things to do in the morning, I get the workout done first. It’s a priority because I know that getting that workout done first thing in the morning is going to drive the whole rest of my day and if I skip it, then I’m setting myself up for failure for the rest of my day.
Step Six: Just DO It!
You might not want to. But do it…trust me, you’ll thank me later. You’ll release all of those feel-good endorphins and get a rush that can only come from taking care of yourself and moving your body. Until you actually do it, you’re not going to feel all those good feelings. This is the action step that stems from your mindset shift in step one! THIS is the step that gets you the results.
Feeling on fire? I’d love to talk. I know that the thought of working out every day can seem daunting at first. But you are capable. I hope this was helpful for you today and that it got that fire started in you!
If you have friends struggling with the same situation, feel free to pass this onto them. If you want to talk more or find out about my coaching services, schedule a time with me to talk.
It’s my mission to give you that little bit of extra help you need in getting the motivation and the willpower to get started with all of these steps. Because I can help walk you through this. Because I’ve been where you are.
You deserve 30 minutes every single day to take care of yourself and create this habit. You deserve to be a priority.
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I can’t wait to talk more.