How single parents can find a way to exercise
Author: Alexis Hall Date Posted:25 January 2018
Alexis Hall is a single parent blogger who is passionate about helping other single parents to find time and ways to exercise! She has written this article for our blog and we hope it helps you to smash your goals!
How Single Parents Can Find Ways To Exercise
When you’re a single parent, you’re stretched thin. You still have to work and earn a paycheck, but you also have to raise your kids, keep the house clean and maintained, and cook dinner. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s no wonder so many single parents drop exercising from their schedule. It doesn’t seem possible to find the time or money to exercise.
However, there are ways single parents can insert a dose of fitness into their lives. Read on for some tips on how to include physical activity into your already-packed schedule.
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Make Time In Your Week
With all the demands on your time, how can you carve out time to exercise? For many single parents, the key is to change how you look at things. Don’t view exercise as a chore. Rather, it’s an opportunity to take care of yourself and to be a good role model for your children. A shift in perspective can go a long way toward making it happen.
One option is to wake up earlier. If you get up 30 minutes sooner, you can start your day with a physical activity and be done before your kids are even awake. While it can be easier to hit the snooze button, getting up earlier to exercise can make a big difference, and doing so regularly will boost your energy levels because your body is running more efficiently. Over time it makes the earlier alarm easier to handle.
If that’s just not feasible, don’t think you always have to find a babysitter when it’s time to exercise. As Genius Beauty points out, there are now plenty of family-friendly gyms. These gyms feature the typical exercise machines, weights and classes regularly found in a gym, but they also have a kid’s room where your children can play with others and have a great time. Your kids might enjoy it so much that they push you to hit the gym more often.
Exercising For Free
While a family-friendly gym is a great idea, cost could be an issue. That’s reasonable given how raising kids on your own isn’t cheap. If you aren’t in a position to spend the money on a gym or exercise class, there are plenty of ways to exercise for free.
The Huffington Post lists many online workout resources for people who want to exercise at home. Many of these include free exercise videos you can watch whenever you can fit it into your daily schedule. From simple yoga experiences to High-Intensity-Interval Training (HIIT), you can find a routine that meets your needs and fitness level. Because you’re doing this at home, you can also include your children. Having them work out next to you is a great way to spend time together and model positive behavior.
If you want to get out of the house, consider joining an active sport. As Health.com explains, an adult sports league focused on basketball, soccer, or cycling can be an amazing source of exercise. Playing sports can also be a great way to let off steam and have fun, and you can make new friends or connect with other single parents. Some leagues have small fees, but many do not.
Mental Health Benefits From Exercise
Working out at home and/or playing active sports can definitely help improve your physical health and endurance. However, research shows that exercising regularly can also do a lot for your mental health. Exercise releases endorphins that create a natural “high.” Not only does exercise reduce stress, but it also boosts your positive, motivating emotions, too. Part of this is biology — the body is regulating itself during exercise, but it also has to do with seeing and feeling the results of your efforts. Given how stressful it is being a single parent, this can really help you stay motivated to exercise as well as improve your overall well-being.
You Can Exercise
Any parent can have a hard time adding exercise to their lives, but being a single parent makes it harder. However, you can get the physical activity you need and deserve. Wake up earlier to exercise, find a gym or active sport, or work out with free online videos. Soon you’ll be reaping the physical and mental health benefits that come with regular exercise. Remember that your children watch what you do. If they see you taking care of your body, they will do the same with their own.