Can’t Stick to a Workout Routine? Check Out These Expert Tips

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Moms do it all: supporting their kids at swim practice; shopping for nutritious meals; going to parent-teacher association meetings, and more. Squeezing in workouts is not easy! Rachel Tabbouche, a Health & Lifestyle Expert and the founder of UnderCover WaterWear and the UCFit line of easy, comfy, and versatile fitness and on-the-go wearables for the modern woman, knows a thing or two about helping moms find the time to workout. She shares her top tips here.

 

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Tip #1: Put It On

Just like banishing the bunny slippers and dressing up for work even if your ‘office' is in the basement at home, you should always dress with intention. If your intention is to work out that day, get halfway there by dressing in your workout wear. That way, you are less likely to skip your workout because you will have an all day reminder of this item on your ‘to do' list that you NEED to do for you and your well-being.

One thing that can make working out a little easier is comfortable and stylish athletic wear that is versatile enough to go from school drop off to yoga class, to the grocery store, back to school, and beyond. Check out UnderCover WaterWear's UCFit line of easy, comfy, and versatile fitness and on-the-go apparel that you will comfortable enough wearing to run errands in the morning before heading to gym and back to pick-up without the need to waste time changing in between.

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Tip #2 – Schedule Your Workouts

Moms are master schedulers! If you can schedule your dentist appointments, conference calls, and soccer games you can schedule your workouts as well. If workouts get the same level of importance as all the other things in your life they are more likely to happen. If you do put your workouts on the calendar, you will find it easier to say that the time you've booked to exercise is non-negotiable.

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Tip #3 – Get It Done. Early.

One of the things that happens to the best of us is that as the day goes on, time gets away from you. An emergency meeting comes up with a client, the school calls to say that the kiddo has a belly ache, or the freezer in the basement goes haywire — and that's before noon. In order for your workout to not become the one thing that constantly gets shoved to the proverbial back burner, get it done early. If possible, work out before the kids are up or right after they have been dropped off at school or daycare. You don't have to sleep in your fit wear but if you've done the school run in it, you can get your workout done and not only will you be invigorated for the rest of the day but intensely satisfied for having crossed something off your to-do list so early. Are the kids with you all day? Try to find a gym with a babysitting room and head over right after breakfast. 

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Tip #4 – If You Can't Work Out Around Your Kids, Work Out With Them!

Did the last tip about finding time to work out without the kids make you giggle? Well, kids need to exercise too, so if you have your kids with you during the day try running, cycling, or doing another activity as part of your workout plan that the kids can do as well, and bring them along. If nothing else, kids can be good motivators: as they do cartwheels in the field, you run around a track. Make sure they cheer you on every once in awhile! If one of your regular stops is the playground, a jungle gym can be a great workout space. While kids climb, you can do chin-ups on the monkey bars. While they slide, you do step-ups on the bench. If your littles are VERY little, a jogging stroller might be just the ticket to take your wee bundle on a five-mile cruise. Check out a stroller like the Thule Chariot, available in styles that can fit one or two children, that can do it all from attaching to a bike, to converting to a jogging stroller, to being perfect for long walks.

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Tip #5 – Take Inventory of Your Schedule

If you still find yourself in a daily time crunch, sit down and take stock. Is there anything that you could take off of your schedule, outsource, or otherwise offload to someone else so that you have a little more breathing room to get in a workout even just a few times a week? Pay close attention to what you do every day — even write it down diligently for a few days — and see if there is an activity that you do or participate in that can go to give you a little time to work out.

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Tip #6 – Work It In Wherever You Can

Sometimes dedicating a full hour to a workout just doesn't … work out. But there is always something you can do to get more movement into your day and if you're already dressed and ready to go you're halfway there! Walking is one of the best forms exercise, so fit it in where you can: walk to the store for the milk, take the stairs instead of the elevator at your doctor's office, leave the car at home and bike to your coffee date with your best friend. Better yet, make it a walking date! Wear some clothing that is cute but allows you freedom of movement, like the Urban Art top.

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Remember that your health is the most important thing you have. If mom isn't healthy, she can't be there for her family. It isn't selfish to make sure that you have time in your schedule for your own health and well-being: it's actually a really giving thing. So give yourself a pat on the back, remind yourself that it's important and go work out!

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Can’t Stick to a Workout Routine? Check Out These Expert Tips

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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