Friday, July 18, 2014

My Kid Is Killing My Workouts! [endorphins wanted]

I’m a creature of habit.  To be successful I need a schedule.  I recently completed five weeks of Steve Shaw’s Dumbbell Only Workout and loved it!  I was in my groove and seeing results.

Then C stopped sleeping.  Not like he was having trouble getting to sleep or was waking up.  He just stopped sleeping.  C staged a full-on sleep strike [more to come on this…we’re currently transitioning to a “big boy” bed and it’s exhausting].  Anyway, C stopped sleeping and our whole routine was thrown off.  I don’t even know how many times I hit up my Keurig each day.

On the rare occasion C did decide he needed a little catnap I was too zonked to be productive.  My workouts had taken a back seat.  The goal was survival.  Period.

But it wasn’t until my workouts were taken away that I realized how desperately they’re needed.  

I was grumpy and snippy.  I was eating junk and felt horrible.  Not exercising [& not sleeping] had a domino effect and something had to give.

Sometimes I participate in the Finish The Sentence Friday link-up.  A recent prompt was:  One thing I’ll never compromise on is…

I had total writer’s block so I skipped the week.  It wasn’t until C’s sleep strike I realized that one thing I will never compromise on is my workout time.

At first glance that may seem selfish.  However, it’s because I love my son I can’t compromise my workouts.  Working out reduces stress and boosts energy [way better than caffeine!].  I love C more than anything and he deserves the best.  Exercise helps me be my very best.  I’m far more productive and have much more patience when I workout regularly.  Any mom will tell you productivity and patience are vital to surviving mom life.

Here’s my tips for keeping up with workouts even when your child has other plans…

1.  Go for quality, not quantity.
If you can find a half hour of freedom, workout.  You’ll be glad you did!  I’m a huge fan of Jillian Michaels and Shaun T because their workouts are short and effective.  Maybe you’ll only get in a few workouts a week, but a few quality workouts are better than none.

2.  Find bursts.
Sometimes 30 consecutive minutes is a lot to ask.  If that’s not doable, try burst workouts.  These are short workouts you can weave into your day.  I’m talking no more than 5 minutes.  Lunges, squats, and pushups work multiple muscle groups for maximum impact.  Jumping rope is a fast way to get your heart pumping.  I also love Jessica’s dance fitness workouts.  I often do her routines when C is eating.  He thinks it’s hilarious and it’s more productive than just sitting there.

3.  If you can’t beat em, make em join you!
It’s no secret I get good use of my jogging stroller.  I’ve been known to do squats and pushups with C.  He loves it and the extra weight is definitely a challenge.  If you’re lucky enough to have a fenced-in yard you can play tag or “race” [C’s new fave thanks to Cars].  You can get quite the workout on a playgound with your child– monkey bar pullups and lunges on stairs.  The pool is the perfect place to exercise while playing; the water resistance makes you work more than you realize.

C still isn’t sleeping great, but at least he’s sleeping some.  There will always be “those days” where you just can’t get it all done, but with determination and a little creativity you can still get in some workouts, which is important because exercise makes endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.

How do you prioritize your workouts?
What are your tips for surviving “those days?”

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