I used to exercise a lot – at least an hour a day, probably more but since having the twins I am lucky to fit in a walk most days. But what I have realised over the past few months is that it is finally time to get my fitness back on track now that the twins are almost 2 years old (omg can you believe it?) so here are the ways I have managed to take back some time for me so I can again get my body back to its best.
1. Start with steps
Getting to the gym for a workout or to go for an extra run is indeed a luxury and generally depends on a number of factors coming together each day (husband arriving home on time, baby’s happy and well etc, etc) but on most days of the week I can manage to take at least 8000 steps. Indeed on days I can get way beyond this, up to 12,000-15,000 steps, even whilst including the twins on extra walks I really notice the difference in my body at the end of the day.
2. Schedule, schedule, schedule
I like most women feel incredibly guilty when I take time away from home and from the twins to exercise. It feels self-absorbed, frivolous and selfish, and generally speaking my partner does not make me feel great about leaving the house but now, at least twice a week I get out. I leave, even when the twins are screaming and its bath time to meet friends, just walk, just do something. It may not be every day, but at least it means 2-3 times a week I have some formal exercise in my schedule.
3. Link to friends
It is much easier to keep a commitment to exercise when you have others you are meeting to train with. It makes training more fun, it reminds you there is a big world outside of motherhood and I never feel as good as the nights I have seen my buddies and had a workout. I highly recommend your own little exercise club who is always available for a quick session locally.
4. Pretend you are a man
Husbands rarely think about their partners being stuck at home all day dealing with the whims of small people. When do they ever say, ‘baby I know you’ve been home alone for 10 hours, why don’t you take an hour for yourself’?’ – do they? On the other hand, they do not think twice about telling you that they will be late because they, have a work meeting, will stop at the pub, need to get their bike fixed, the list goes on. So now, I do the same and announce that I will be going out (to exercise) rather than ask for permission. Because they never do.
5. Enroll in events
Training is great, but it is even better when you are preparing for an event that requires a formal training schedule. It means you have something to look forward to, a goal to work towards and a commitment that needs to be fulfilled. The Blood Long Walk & The 7 Bridges Walk are two I’ll be using as training excuses in the next few weeks!