Now that the busy fall season is here and the hectic holidays are ahead, some women find sticking with an exercise program is difficult.
For moms, it can seem impossible to get everything done and still find time exercise. Between caring for the children, workplace demands, errands, household chores, appointments, and everything in-between, it’s easy for women to start skipping working out.
Virginia Slicker, head trainer at Milestone Lifestyle Fitness in Tyler, shared tips to help women make regular exercise a part of a busy life. She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and mom of two.
Consistency is Key
Consistency brings results and also makes exercise a habit, she said. Begin slowly and gradually add to a regular exercise routine. It doesn’t have to mean exercising five or six days a week.
“If you can commit to that ... that’s great,” Slicker said. “Just aim for consistency.”
Sitting down with a calendar and scheduling time for exercise is a great way to be consistent and make it a priority.
“Look at the calendar and write it (time for exercise) down,” Slicker said. “Treat exercise as you would any other appointment. Schedule it as part of your day and make it non-negotiable.”
Have a Plan
It’s one thing to create time to work out, it’s another thing to know what to do when that time comes. Those who are taking a class or working with a trainer already have this taken care of. For those who don’t have such guidance, it’s helpful to write down fitness goals and specific exercises to do to reach those goals, Slicker said.
Those who don’t know what to do can hire a trainer to come up with a plan or search online for exercise routines, she said.
Slicker said creating accountability also is important. This can mean signing up for an exercise class, finding a committed workout partner or even joining a running club.
“Finding community with other like-minded people is more than a great motivator,” she said. “I see it all the time in fitness classes and small group training sessions, people find inspiration, encouragement and a great support system.”
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