Finding Time to Exercise When You Are a Busy Mom

04 Jan

Let’s face it, times are busier than ever and life is full of demands. There are about a million things that need to get done and that’s all before 9 am. Moms today are much busier than ever before. The expectations and responsibilities that many moms face from day to day leave you, stressed, tired and worn out so it’s not hard to believe that probably one of the last things on your mind is exercise. It makes sense, with the stress hormone cortisol reeking havoc over your system, your brain is telling you to slow down and take it easy, only you just seem to feel more and more tired even with a little extra sleep.

Research shows that exercise not only gives you more energy to tackle your day, but the release of all the feel-good endorphins from exercise will also improve your mood. In a published study in the journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in 2008, researchers from the University of Georgia concluded that regular participation of exercise can reduce fatigue by 65% and increase energy by 20%. Moderate intensity exercise for just 20 minutes per day is enough to give you the mood and energy boost to keep you going for the rest of the day and decrease stress levels.

-Try taking a walk around the neighborhood with the kids.

-Get in your 20 minutes before everyone else is awake in the morning. It will be tough at first to get up, but the time set aside for yourself will give you the boost you need to keep going, increase your self-confidence and you will cherish the time that is just yours in the morning.

-Put on some music and dance away. Everyone can get in on this one and you will be amazed at how quickly the time passes and how much fun you can all have together.

You will thank yourself later for being kind to yourself and giving your mind and body the reward of natural energy and mood boosters.

Sources:

Bouchez, C. (n.d.). Exercise for Energy: Workouts That Work. Retrieved January 04, 2018, from https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/exercise-for-energy-workouts-that-work#3

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work and What to Do About it.

02 Jan

We are into the 2nd day of the new year and already that resolution to eat better is seeming to be not as easy as it seemed on December 31st. All too often, we make resolutions in December to eat better, lose weight, exercise more, save money, etc. Our motivation to do these things with the approaching date of January 1st, is high and we are optimistic that this year will be the year it will all be different. The only problem is, with goals this general, it is easy to get side-tracked and sent of course. Life is busy, life will always be busy and making the time for one more thing can seem daunting and sometimes just exhausting.

Unfortunately, our brains are not hard-wired to do things that make us uncomfortable and will fight to keep us comfortable at all times. The things we do on a daily basis become habits, and re-training our brains to break unwanted habits and/or start new ones requires us to begin new behaviors instead of fighting against, “not doing” an unwanted behavior. So for instance, if you know that at 2:00pm you get tired and reach for a candy bar, instead be prepared before the next day and the same behavior pattern presents itself. Bring with you a healthy snack of vegetables and hummus, homemade smoothie or homemade small meal. Make sure to make it something that you will enjoy eating so you don’t even think twice about the candy bar.

Make your goals a lifestyle and not a resolution. Creating habits that last a lifetime will be much easier to keep going, long after the motivation disappears.

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