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Back to school – fitness hacks for busy mums

Posted on October 05 2018

With the end of summer fast approaching (yes, we’re still clinging on for a few more days!) and the kids back at school, now is the time for mums to focus on themselves and kickstart – or boost – their fitness routine.

Work, family and social commitments can leave us all short of time, and naturally it can be easy for our own health and fitness to drop towards the bottom of our agendas.

To counteract this, check out these seven fitness hacks to help keep you motivated and achieve your goals.

  1. Listen to an audio book while you train

Are you tired of listening to same old background music every time you hit the gym or go for a jog? Exercising can sometimes feel mundane, so shake up your routine and try listening to an audio book instead. Like any good read, an audio book will be highly engaging – enough to distract you from any fatigue or lack of motivation – and will feel doubly satisfying for exercising your mind and body at the same time.

  1. Give yourself time to make a habit a ritual

Some research suggests it takes 21 days to make a habit, but the truth is that for every person this varies. Making a plan or schedule for yourself is the best way to make a habit. Download an app and stick to your plan!

  1. Baby steps

In order to sustain a routine, it mustn’t feel too daunting or unachievable. When planning exercise or eating regimes, it’s best to start small and give yourself plenty of time to pick up the pace as you go along. It’s important to listen to your body and progress at a level you feel comfortable with, not forgetting to give yourself a well-earned break from time to time.

  1. Get a new workout outfit!

If you look like someone who works out, you probably will. Exercising is a lot about what your mind is telling you, so getting yourself a new outfit will definitely help boost your motivation. Think about your workout clothing as your uniform to put yourself in the right mindset to smash your goals!

  1. Lay out your workout clothes the night before

Having your workout outfit picked out the night before, right down to your shoes, means it’s easy to just throw it on in the morning and be ready to go. If you’re planning an afternoon or evening workout, laying your clothes out in the morning is the way to go.

  1. Workout with a friend

Solo exercise is great for the mind and body, but doing activities such as cycling, walking or jogging with a friend can burn calories without you even noticing. Beyond the chance to socialise with your pals, the health benefits are copious; it’s one of the best ways to keep you accountable and working harder.

Working out with a friend who has a schedule similar to yours will make you more inclined to exercise – you’re more likely to show up at the gym or go for a run if you know your friend will be there waiting for you.

  1. Embrace yourself

Lastly, but probably most importantly, learn to love yourself. Be happy and comfortable in the skin and body you’re in and be happy with any changes, no matter how small. It’s good to have goals, but it’s more important to set a good example to your kids – putting in the hard work at the gym, cooking healthy meals and indulging from time to time.

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