I’m asked often – maybe six times LOL – how I find the time to get not just myself but four kids ready for the gym.
So I figured why not write about it and hopefully some of these tips may help you. I think once you start getting in the rhythm of it you just start doing it as part of your daily life. Look its not always easy and sometimes my children turn up in back to front clothing, breakfast and unbrushed hair. But those are the days where I pick my battles.
I found a gym that I like. I use to go to a huge club type gym but I didn’t feel comfortable there. I’m no fitspiration person and the I’m definitely not a hot sweater, no I’m definitely a hot sweater but not the “oh look she’s so sexy and hot sweating over there”… I actually resemble a red tomato who sounds like a lion seal calling for a mate. Mateeeeeee. So I didn’t feel like I belonged in one of those gyms. Some people thrive off it and one day I may change my mind but at this moment I like my small gym. One of my girlfriends owns the gym I go to so I know what she stands for and the love she puts into it. I also love my trainer Ebony who pushes me every time. She’s the kind of person who yells “YEAHHHHHH GUYS YOU GOT THIS” whilst I mouth fuck you and plan my list of songs for my funeral. But I love it. Weird huh?!
So anyway I’m rambling. Here are my tips for getting your arse into gear and out that front door.
- Choose a gym with a creche. Lets be honest 45 minutes to an hour without hearing “mummmmyyyyyyy” is always a great reason.
- I plan a week ahead. That last sentence was a lie. The organised me would plan a week ahead. The lazy “January is a ride off month” me plans the night before.
- If you plan ahead you know what you’re doing. I make snack boxes for the kids the night before because well, snacks! Everyone loves snacks and makes peeling your offspring off your leg to the bribery of food a little more appealing. NOTE: Healthy snacks. Debbie is over there looking at your kids doughnut, she hasn’t had sugar for a month, she will tackle your child for the doughnut. But really pack them good food and you’re automatically MOTY (mother of the year – and its only January go you!)
- My toddler dresses herself and undresses herself quicker than it takes me to tie my shoes. Let them go. Pick your battles and days. Gym morning I don’t care if she turns up to the gym wearing no shirt and swimmer bottoms on. I’ll pack clothing in bag but I’ll let her put that on.
- Choose morning classes. They’re so much easier and then if you’re lucky they’ll be exhausted from playing they’ll come home and sleep for a couple of hours – or not. But positive thinking.
- Find your tribe. If you want to get buff and shred (see totes inner gym junkie) do that. If you’re there because you want to eat cake and not have to undo your fly, do that. Theres nothing worse than trying to fit into a group that isn’t you. I use to watch ladies at the gym and wish I looked like them. I would legit look at a size 6 lady with fake boobs and wish that was me. I’d never be that lady. EVER! She looked amazing however my body is nothing like hers, my body is my body. I found a group of woman who I appreciate. Some are fit as fuck (ugh) and some are purely there because creche times…. did I mention get a gym with creche?! But they’re my friends.
- Finding a hour twice a week or even three times a week to focus on me not only benefits my physical health its so important for my mental health. I don’t think this is spoken about enough. I feel like people use the gym for physical gains ( or losses) and that people don’t see the mental health side of things. I know that if I go to the gym I’m less snappy, I’m more productive and I’m much happier. Missing the gym a couple of days is fine but I hadn’t been for 3 weeks, can you imagine the raging hormonal school holiday arsehole I was?!
- Buy yourself gear that you feel nice in. With so many options out there that can cater for everyones budget I find if you feel good and comfortable you’ll be more inclined to go. I love cotton on body tights and Kmart singlets – balance! I buy my stuff mostly when its on sale and lets be honest Cotton on has a sale every week. I do own a couple of pairs of more expensive tights which I also like but they aren’t a must have if you can’t afford that.
- I’m also asked how I afford the gym with a million kids. I cut back on other things – fruit and vegetables you don’t need that right kids?! JOKES. There are so many things I can cut down in pricing. I can switch my nappies and save $15.00 easy, I can switch my wipes, I don’t get take out often, I pack my kids food for when we go out – “No babe you enjoy your Vegemite sanbo mummas having her meat lovers crepe with extra cheese its spicy you can’t have that” I don’t do that – but imagine all the laughing out loud!!! I just switch. I find money in things I don’t really need and swap it for something less expensive. Also shop around – gym prices are different everywhere!
I’m not sure if this even helps anyone out there. But it may inspire you to have a look around and see what motivates you. Give it 6 weeks (or months if you’re a slow fitness learner like me) and see how you feel after it. Don’t weigh yourself as your only measure. Take photos, get a tape measure.
Life is bloody incredible and I want to be here longer for my babies!