The Five Secrets to Sticking To Your Fitness Routine

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You have all the best of intentions.  You know you feel your best when you work out.  It is not just about having a healthy body; or "looking good."  It's about being strong for your loved ones, being able to play with your children without aches and pains, and the incredible endorphin rush you get after a workout, which allows you to be calmer, more patient, and more present.  You may have even taken that step; signed up for a gym, been successful in working out for a week straight....

Then all of the sudden, the unpredictability of being a parent rears its head.  A child's schedule changes; a caretaker gets sick and you have to pick your children up from school at the very time you were going to workout.  Your routine has been thrown, and now you are playing catch up.  

Finding the time to workout now, when everything else is hitting the fan?  Forget it.

I have been working with busy parents, like you, for six years.  And, like you, I am a busy parent.  I feel your pain.  I know what it is like to feel like there is a "sense" of calm, only to be thrown back into utter unpredictable chaos.  I also have heard you; I know how much better you do feel after a workout; how much more apt you are at navigating the trials of parenthood.  

I have created my Fit It In Fitness Program with this in mind.  I met you where you are, and have found ways to fit fitness into YOUR life, not the other way around.  And, in addition to the actual workouts, here are my top five tools for busy parents, like you, to stick to this- or any- fitness program

1. Realistic Expectations:

At this present moment, you are exactly where you are supposed to be in your life.  What you did in the past- and may do again one day in the future- will not work right now.  When it comes to fitness, reality is the name of the game, so find a routine that is convenience and sets you up for success.  If you are struggling to find time to workout at all, aim for two times a week, with workouts that you can do anywhere, at any time.  This may not be the time to train for your next race- or your first race.  Do not worry; just because it isn't now does not mean it is a never.

2. Consistency:

It takes several weeks to build a habit.  Know this, and do not feel badly about it.  In order to build the habit, you need to be consistent.  Once you have figured out that fitness routine that is realistic and convenient, stick to it for at least a month and go from there.  This is why our Fit It In Fitness Program starts with 30 days.

3. Commit and Surrender:

Invest.  Once you have found your program, put the money down and put it on your calendar.  Accept the fact that life is unpredictable; you may have to deviate from the specific time you were planning on working out and need to find another time.  That is okay.  Surrender to that, and be confident that you will fit it in at another point.

4. Variety:

Make sure that the realistic, convenient, fitness routine that you have committed to being consistent with has variety.  Variety not only helps stay consistent, as it takes away the potential boredom factor, but it is better for your physical fitness level.  Our Fit It In Fitness program takes this into account, as our 5 pre-recorded videos all work the body in different ways, in addition to our two new videos a week.

5. Accountability:

Making it known that you have selected a fitness routine to commit to will help hold you accountable, even on the days where you don't "feel" like it.  Depending on your comfort level and budget, you can do this in various ways; it could be by announcing it on social media, finding a workout buddy to hold each other accountable, a community, or a coach.  Our Fit It In Fitness Program provides you access to an online community, and access to me ;).

Laura Kovall