Whether you spend your day in an office or running after your tiny tot, moms are entrepreneurs. Randi Zuckerburg, a famous “mompreneur”, tweeted about the entrepreneur’s dilemma: pick three – work, sleep, family, fitness, or friends.
Personally my weekdays consist of early mornings, teaching high schoolers, getting dinner on the table, playing with my kiddos before bedtime, grading papers until just before my carriage turns into a pumpkin, and putting in all-nighters with a sleep-striking baby. The idea of going to a gym daily seems like a dream for retirement (or maybe when my kids have their own car).
In this season of life I have chosen to focus in on my faith, family, work, and friends. (Yes, I added faith to the list because that is the factor that shapes the rest of my choices).
So how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle when fitness isn’t in your top three?
- A balanced diet is key. Food is fuel for your body. If you’re skimping on sleep and exercise its even more important to be intentional with what you put in your body.
- Be Active in your Normal Life. Take the stairs. Park in the back at the grocery store or work. Stretch when putting kids to bed. Find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
- Technology is Your Friend. Find a DVD or YouTube Channel with routines and reps that work for you.
- Invest in some workout gear for home workouts. Add a yoga mat, hand weights, resistance band, stability ball, or bike on a stand where you see them regularly. You don’t have to have fancy things or be elaborate. For me the gear serves as a motivator.
- Recruit friends with similar ambitions.
- Be practical about your goals. Keep your eyes on what matters most (hint: it’s not the scale). Focus on building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Little eyes are watching you to see what is most important in life. Be aware of what you could be subtly teaching if you’re hyper-focused on weight loss.
Fitting in fitness can help increase your productivity in other areas of your life. Healthy eating and exercise produce those feel good hormones that keep your stress levels down. So, fellow entrepreneurs of the next generation, I challenge you to Zumba while you fold laundry, do a little kickboxing before you shower, try to run faster than your toddler, and intentionally make room for a healthy lifestyle.