Staying fit is important for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, but it’s not always easy to find the time or money to make it happen. Gym memberships can get costly, and if you’re a single parent, you might already be fighting for any spare time you can get. It can be difficult to make time to take care of yourself when you already have so many other things on your plate, but it’s important to try so you can keep anxiety, stress, and depression at bay.
Fortunately, there are several ways you can get in a workout without spending much money (or any money), and if you’re intent on having access to a gym for the equipment, there are some easy ways to create a home gym without breaking the bank. The key is to get creative when it comes to your workouts and incorporate them into your lifestyle when possible rather than changing things around to fit them in. This way, you won’t have to carve time from your schedule, which can be stressful it itself. Read on for a few simple tips on how to get started.
Turn your chores around
As a single parent, you’re probably the one who takes care of just about everything around the house. Make your chores work for you by incorporating them into your workout. It can be as simple as making several consecutive trips up and down the stairs while you’re cleaning, or vacuuming in long, steady strokes to give your whole body a workout. Thirty minutes of movement per day is a great way to get in some exercise that will keep your heart healthy and get your muscles in shape.
Have a dance party
If your kids are young enough, you can turn just about anytime into a dance party. While teens may not be willing to roll up the carpet and boogie with their parents, little ones will almost always be down to get silly, so put on some good music and have a little party in the living room. This is not only a great way to get in a workout, it’s a way to spend some quality time with your kiddos as well.
Get some help from your pet
Few things will motivate you more to workout than a dog who wants to play--or just go for a walk--so let him help you out by making him your exercise buddy. When he’s ready to go for a walk, take him to the park and hit the trail for an extended stroll. Or, you can get the kids involved and take everyone out into the back yard for a play session after dinner. Start up a game of tag, which is just fun enough to mask the fact that it’s exercise. For more information on how having a dog can benefit your health, read on here.
Create a routine
Having a workout routine means you’ll get in the habit of exercising even when you’re tired or after a long day, and that can make all the difference. All too often, we put off a workout because we’ve already spent our energy on daily responsibilities. However, getting into the habit of exercising at a certain time--with certain equipment or moves--can be extremely helpful when it comes to being consistent. Create a workout that fits your needs; for instance, a combination of yoga and weight training can be a wonderful way to stay in shape. For more tips on how to create your own workout, check out this article.
It’s never easy to focus on yourself when you’re a single parent, but it’s important to do so now and then in order to be the best version of yourself you can be. Create an inexpensive home gym with resistance bands, a stability ball, and some free weights, and keep up your routine daily to battle stress and anxiety.