As the Honolulu Personal Trainer, I speak to many moms. Just got off a call with my client who told me she feels very bad for taking time away from her kids to do her exercise.
She isn’t the only one. All moms at one time or another have told me this:
“I feel guilty about taking away time from my kids.”
In fact, research released by Sport England found that of over 1,000 moms surveyed, as many as six in ten admitted to feeling guilty about taking time out to work out instead of spending it with their family.
Does this resonate with you?
Maybe it’s not ‘kids’ per se, but you may even feel exercise guilt when you literally do not enough time in the day to fit in exercise (unless you wake at 4am to do so).
So how do you workout without feeling guilty?
#1. You have to find some time for yourself and devote it to what you want. If you want to carve out one hour each day for yourself and dedicate it to your workout, just do it!
#2. You will be giving your family a good example of living a healthy life, especially with kids who will view and imitate your healthy lifestyle!
#3. If you don’t want to end up feeling guilty, staying organized is key. Without organization, you might struggle to keep up with the habits you want to build (exercising and eating well) along with the habits you must do (caring for your family, work, chores, etc.).
You’ll get better results by sticking to a calendar or schedule. Plan the best time of the day for you to work out, according to your daily activities and your family’s.
Find that space that can be just for you, and with it you can enjoy the workout that you want to do.
Remember babe, the exercise or eating program isn’t about getting results as quickly as possible. The important thing is to incorporate small bouts of physical activity into your daily life, little by little that you can do for the rest of your life!
If you need help creating your healthy habit, be SURE TO register for my FREE 7 HEALTHY HABITS CHALLENGE kicking off on Monday, August 1st!