Let’s face it, finding the motivation to work out is difficult for just about anyone, but when you’re a busy mum, then the whole thing becomes infinitely more challenging. After all, if you’ve either spent all day at work, or at home taking care of little ones, the idea of getting your workout gear on and hitting the gyms sounds like the last thing anyone would want to do. Of course, that might just be yet another excuse not to bother exercising. Sure, it’s a pretty good excuse, but it’s an excuse nonetheless. But what can you do? Is the busy mum just doomed to never feeling like they have the chance to get some exercise? Or are there things that you can do to motivate yourself to get up off the sofa and put on your trainers? This is what I’ve been asking myself, how can I find my mojo?
Go with a friend
Working out can be a lonely, boring experience for a lot of people, especially those who don’t enjoy it that much. So why not work out with a friend? Just about everyone fancies being in slightly better shape so it shouldn’t be hard to find yourself a gym buddy. That way you can motivate each other and make sure that you neither of you slack off. It’s easy to justify taking a day off to yourself, but when your friend is poking and prodding at you, it’s much harder to make excuses.
Make a family activity out of it
Sometimes the problem with working out is that you either have no one to look after the kids, or you don’t want to sacrifice the time that you’re spending with them. If that’s the case then why not make it into a family activity? Find a sport or activity that you can all enjoy. It could be football, tennis, even rock climbing. That way you get to stay active and in shape, while still spending time with your kids. You might even find that it brings you closer together.
Hire a personal trainer
If you’re really lacking in motivation then hiring a personal trainer might be your only remaining option. It’s not exactly the cheapest option but personal training is pretty much guaranteed to give your results. Not only that but few people are better at motivating you to actually workout than a personal trainer. They can help you find the right workouts so that you’re not wasting your time, and they can help you to avoid falling into the same old traps of working out for a few weeks and then giving up again.
Of course, the important thing to remember is that no matter what you use to motivate yourself, in the end, the effort has to come from you. You have to be the one to make the decision to start working out and no one is going to be able to do it for you. Even with all of the advice in the world, the thing that will make all the difference is your own personal willpower.
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