The Struggle is Real: Fitting in Your Home Workout Plan

I’m not going to lie to you – exercise is a struggle at the moment.  Recently my husband started working away during the week.  Now with 2 jobs (Fit for Keeps + my day job!) and 2 kids to look after, something has had to give. I’d love to say that it was the housework and not my home workout plan, but I have to confess that I’ve been a bit slack at both recently!

Woman who work and care of house is exhausted and stressed of her workload

My Tuffit IS my home workout plan

I appreciate my Tuffit more than ever just now.  I’ve identified really small windows of opportunity for exercise – Mondays between 3pm and 4pm while my eldest is at football practice for instance.  With just an hour available, I’d be lost without having my Tuffit at home so I can just crack on.

I rush home on a Monday, quick change into my PE kit before I do anything else and get a good 45 min workout in no matter what.  I have to tell myself not to empty the dishwasher or put the laundry away. There’s no time for distractions or my home workout plan would be abandoned a little too easily.

Tuffit Time = Me Time

I also try to treat it as ‘me time’ before the kids come home and the teatime, bathtime, bedtime groundhog routine starts again!  I save something up that I really want to watch and tune in at the same time as my Monday workout.

A Real Motivation Test

My motivation is really tested on the days where I just can’t fit exercise in between 7am and 7pm. I put my youngest to bed at 7pm and 9 times out of 10 I fall asleep on the bed with him! By the time I get myself back up again at 7.45pm, I would rather poke myself in the eyes with a rusty fork than get hot and sweaty with a workout.

I wish I could tell you that there’s a secret to motivating yourself at 8pm after a busy day, but there isn’t. You know what? Sometimes you just won’t be able to, and that’s fine.  We all need rest so we should all respect our bodies and what they’re capable of after a really long day.  But what I will say is this.  You NEVER regret a workout that you do, you only regret the workouts you don’t do.  Once you get going, you feel a million times better for it.

Once the husband is back the weekend is a bit easier because the kids have Daddy to entertain them.  I usually get at least a 5k run in on a Saturday and sometimes a Tuffit session on a Sunday too.

Manage your own expectations – pressuring yourself to do more won’t help

So I’m trying to revise my expectations accordingly.  If I can consistently manage to Tuffit twice during the week and at least get a 5k in on a Saturday then that’s not bad, is it?  Not sure I’ll be in the run in for ‘body of the year’ anytime soon (is that even a thing?!), but I’ll definitely be keeping my energy levels up, my mood lifted and my sanity in check.  A busy brain needs the release of a good workout – sometimes I have my best light bulb moments on a run!

If I can fit in 3 x Tuffit sessions each week, I usually go for a Whole Body, Upper Body and Lower Body combination.  Try Deeply Dippy, Guns for Girls & Hip Swish.  I’ve also got to the stage now where I make up my own combinations.  It’s actually good fun to create your own based on the 50 different exercises available in a Tuffit Home Workout Plan.

Remember to be kind to yourself – looking after your body is a combination of exercise AND rest.  A workout shouldn’t be a punishment, it should be something kind you do for yourself.

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