I’m so excited to introduce you to Priscilla! Priscilla is a married, mom of three living near Pittsburgh, PA. She enjoys running, spinning, hiking, outdoor activities and spending time with her family. She can be found blogging at The Balance of Us.
These days it seems like women and families are busier than ever with juggling all the demands of daily life. We work, we have children, we run a household and somewhere in there, we need to find time for ourselves. Some days, it really does seem impossible. However, where there is a will, there is a way. Or so I’ve been told.
I am in awe of the ladies that I see who are able to juggle so many schedules and activities and still look fit, fab and stress-free. I am not there and I’m not so sure that I ever have been or ever will. My life can be pretty chaotic with two teenagers, two jobs, sports schedules and home life. If you were to visit my house on a random day, unannounced, you would probably notice the dust and pile of laundry that needs done. I’m not superwoman but I try to keep everyone alive and well on a daily basis so there’s that haha.
Luckily for me, I find that a great stress reliever can be found in fitness and exercise. Finding the time for that “me time” can be much harder. I have a few options for when I can fit in the time to exercise.
Option 1: 5:30am. My husband gets up at the crack of dawn, er, actually before that…at 4:30am in order to be out the door for work at 5:30am. I get up with him, pack his lunch and send him off with his travel mug of coffee. Since I am up, I am able to jump on the treadmill or do a workout in my living room.
Option 2: 9:00am. This is an option on Tuesdays and Thursdays because I don’t work my morning job on those days (I have two part time jobs that equal a full time job.) This means that I get to go to spin classes, body sculpt, body pump or run the treadmill at the gym. I also would have the option to run the roads near my house during this time, when the weather cooperates.
Option 3: Evening. This means that I can go about my day, come home, cook dinner, clean up the kitchen and then workout or run on the treadmill. Some days, this is my only option. I don’t have a lot of free time so I tend to use my early mornings to catch up on blogs, write my own blog posts, get sucked into Facebook, etc. I usually run or do a short workout. Those workouts are usually strength training or ab work/leg work.
It may seem like I have plenty of options but during the week, it is pretty tough to fit it in. Lately I have been doing pretty well at keeping up with my workouts. It was first due to the fact that I was training to run the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay but now I’m keeping up with it because I am going to a wedding and the beach in three weeks! I need to be looking good on that beach!
It’s not always easy to find those small pockets of time when I can work out. I always hear the saying that you need to make the time, you need to find the time if you want the results. I get it, I really do but I get annoyed with it because reality is, there isn’t always time. Some days there is just too much going on and I need my rest. I need some downtime. Those are the days when I allow myself to just relax and pick up again the next day.
However, when I am really stressed out, frustrated or upset about something that is the best time to work out because I always have a better workout! I always seem to push myself harder and get those toxins out.
If you have even just ten minutes to take a walk, do some stretching, lift small weights or get some lunges/squats in….do it. You will feel better.
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