We all do it. Make these granulous New Year’s resolutions that we keep for about 2 weeks into the year and then decide the year will “start over” in February, only for us to do the same thing a few weeks later. For how many of us mamas is this the workout resolution formula? Don’t worry I’m typically raising my hand with you too. This year however, I’m taking things on a little differently. Instead of aimlessly heading into the year, I’m creating a plan and executing it. Because hey, what’s a goal without a plan? Using these 5 simple tips below I am 24 days into the New Year and still going strong. So here are my 5 tips for sticking to that New Years workout resolution as a busy mama:
- Don’t make excuses. Period. Ever seen the quote “bosses don’t cancel meetings, especially ones they make with themselves?”. That needs to be your motto. At the beginning of the day think of a time that you can get your workout in and stick to that time with minimal wavering as possible. Now obviously, stuff happens. But no matter what comes up throughout the day get at least 30 minutes minimum of physical activity.
- Be consistent. This one goes for so much more than just working out. Consistency is the key to success. Especially if you want to see results from your workouts and eating habits. Keeping healthy snacks on hand, going to the grocery store with intention and scheduling that 30 minute workout ahead of time is a great way to set yourself up to be consistent.
- Reward yourself. When it comes to working out it’s a lot easier for me to work hard than eat right. So I definitely follow the rule of “rewarding”. If I get to the gym 5 days straight you best believe over the weekend I’m getting a reward. A chocolate bar, a cheat meal, anything! For me this little technique is one way to ensure I get all my workouts for the week done.
- Bring the little ones for fun! As mamas it’s very rare we get moments to ourselves. But this is no excuse to not get the job done, just bring them with! Finding ways to incorporate your child in the workout is a way to teach them good health habits and keep up with your resolution at the same time. If your child is younger, hold them for added weight. If your child is older, workouts like squats and sit ups are great ways to let them join the fun.
- Use your support system. As discussed time alone is not easy and although it’s fun to sometimes bring them, along, you’re just not getting the same type of workout as you would alone. Let your support system help. Let them watch the little one if even for only an hour so you can be sure to get that good workout in at least 3 times a week.
Sticking to any resolution is hard. But starting off with the right habits and sticking to them makes it so much easier to accomplish. Working out is not only good for your physical health but your mental and emotional health too. So do yourself and the ones around you a favor and get that booty moving!
Aysia is co-editor of our Lifestyle section on Black Moms Blog. She also runs her own site called Between the Gold where she shares her motherhood journey and self care tips. You can follow along on her site or on Instagram.