Photoed above is my super fit & keen group of mums who train with Barbelle at the studio 3x a week! While many people would say "how do they find time to do this?" realistically it is only 3 hours out of their week & there is enough flexibility to bring their kids with them. I have put together a list of tips so time is not an excuse to miss a training session as a busy mum!
Get up & go: Get your workout in before your day begins. Some people never manage to find the time to train if they leave it to the end of their day as too many activities & arrangements come up. You'll be finished before the kids even wake up!
Write it in: People are much more likely to adhere to a commitment if the are planned. So write out your workouts in your diary or on your phone. Preplanning when you are going to do your workout can help you avoid booking a coffee date over the top of them.
Plan your workout: Setting a time to workout is a start but you also need to plan what your workout will entail. Without a plan you are much less likely to complete an efficient workout, have your workout written down in a notepad so your session is structured and you know exactly what to do and how long it will take. Whether this be a run, home circuit or gym workout plan it out!
You don't have to be a model in the gym: If time really is limited, don't waste precious time making sure you have your best gym outfit on! Don't worry about hair or makeup, just rock up and train!
Include your kids: Yes it may be hard to find time alone as a parent - but do you really need to be alone? Children really do love being active, get them off their iPad and get them involved! Not only will this mean you're getting a session in but it will be encouraging a healthy & fit lifestyle for your children.
Run with them: Run & push the stroller with you! It doesn't need to be your 10km PB but at least you are getting some form of exercise in.
Sweeten the deal: Make a deal with your kids that if they are well behaved while you train they get a treat.
Class for them, class for you: If your child is about to have a football/music lesson then use that time! Your kid will be occupied for an hour and a good workout can be squeezed in during 30mins easily.
Be a ninja: Kids eating, napping, playing or distracted for 15-20 minutes? Perfect! Get your HIIT workout in without them even knowing. Find some space and get your workout in every day!