Posted by Chris Jordan, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, ACSM HFI/APT , Friday 17/01/2014
How Busy Moms find time to Workout

Moms don’t seem to get as many hours as the rest of us. Their list of tasks is never ending. So how do some moms manage to workout, while others can’t seem to find the time? Generally speaking, they look at working out differently than other moms.

 

But before we get into that let’s look at the challenges that moms face in trying to squeeze a workout into their day.

 

Top Issues for Moms:

Lack of time

Lack of energy

Tend to put family’s needs first

Raising kids is a workout in itself

Worried it will drain them of precious energy

Don’t want to buy gym equipment they won’t use

Overwhelmed with information

 

Those are all valid issues, but remember I said that some moms still manage to cram their workout into their busy day. So how do they do it? What do they know that other moms don’t? Let me break these reasons down into two categories. External reasons and internal reasons. Looking at these two categories will begin to reveal these moms’  secrets.

 

Internal Reasons

De-stresser

Confidence builder

Helps you think more clearly

Connection with other moms

Feels good to put yourself first sometimes

 

External Reasons

Burns calories even after the workout

Gives you more energy (as counterintuitive as that seems)

You’ll sleep better

You’ll look better

 

When you look more closely at the moms who do workout, it’s not that they have more time than anyone else. What they do have is more reasons, especially internal, or intrinsic reasons. They seem to use these reasons to help them get creative and find the time. If you have a big enough “Why”, the “How” becomes much easier. Knowing this, I personally recommend even the busiest mom try to find 7 minutes of well deserved “me” time, and build from there. You’ll be glad you did!

 

If you’re a busy mom, how about you tell me how you find time to work out.

 

To find out exactly how you can leverage the time saving abilities of the seven minute workout, download the free app (for iPhone, iPad and iPod only; app will be available for Android on January 21).

 

Director of Exercise Physiology
As the Director of Exercise Physiology at the Human Performance Institute Division of Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, Chris designed a practical body weight circuit workout that became known as the “7 Minute Workout”. He and Brett Klika co-authored the peer-reviewed article “High-Intensity Circuit Training Using… Read More