My oldest son Cooper has just started Kindy. I didn't put too much thought into it, expecting life to go on as normal and looking forward to the extra time I'd have given he'd be at school every day.
My focus, more so, went to my younger son Ryder who was going to be 'left behind' at preschool without his big brother, whom he adores. I knew the start of the year would be difficult for Ryder and I was right. We had tears and clinginess from day 1! But we got through it and by the third week all was well again.
What I didn't expect was how quickly the day would pass, leaving me with little time to get everything done. The 9am drop offs and 3pm pickups had me feeling like I'd just left school to then be returning again. Where was I going to fit in work, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning the house, laundry, the occasional hair or beauty appointment... let alone
finding time to exercise? Even finding time to catch up with friends was becoming impossible. It was a shock - I was used to the longer day care hours of 8am
The realisation soon hit me that I would need to make some adjustments. I started a calendar where I could see my entire week at a glance, and included my work hours along with the boys' commitments. Everything else would just have to fit in somewhere.
I no longer had the luxury of spending over an hour exercising but was prepared to give
myself 30 minutes a day to workout. Although shorter,
my sessions became more intense and focused. Across the five weekdays I wanted to cover cardio, strength and flexibility/core to achieve an all-over body workout. I saved the longer sessions for the weekend when my hubby was home to look after the
Fitness formed a bigger part of our weekend. Running alongside the boys as they rode their bikes, soccer, intervals and races became a firm favourite at the park as did walking to our local cafe for smoothies. An attempt to turn a playground into an obstacle course was an epic FAIL. Not every idea is a winner but would have been funny to watch. The kids love it and we're taking a far more active approach to family time!
As a trainer, I come across many parents in a similar situation. On the most part, exercise can be fitting to almost any lifestyle
if you're dedicated. In my experience, success comes down to making a commitment to
the lifestyle not a commitment
to the sessions. Why not give it a go?
On that note, I'll leave
you with this thought. A person who really wants something will find a way; a person who doesn’t will find an excuse.