Ok disclaimer here. I am not a Mum. In fact... I am not even a female!
So you might be wondering what on earth I am doing writing about fitness training for busy Mums! And you might have a point. I certainly don't have all the answers here.
However, a good number of my personal training clients are busy mums. So I do have a good insight into what can be done to help a busy mum to stick to her fitness training programme.
At the top of my list of recommendations would be to commit to training for shorter periods of time.
I often find that Mums will have several pockets of time during the day which they could use for their fitness training. However, these time periods are all usually very short. So the standard model of personal training sessions lasting for a full hour might not work for you. Instead, try and commit to much shorter, but more intense workouts. You would be surprised how productive a training session lasting just 15-20 minutes can be if you ramp up the intensity and really cram the work in.
Instead of having a weekly personal training session with me, lasting a full hour. A number of Mums that I train will split the session into two, seeing me twice per week for half an hour at a time. If that sounds like something that would work well for you, then please leave me a message using the Chorlton Personal Training Contact Form.
My second tip is to be flexible. As a Mum of young children, you may frequently find yourself to be tired, having not had as much sleep as you would have liked. In these situations, a heavy weights session or a high intensity interval training session may not be wise. Try not to make that an excuse not to train at all though. Fitness training is a consistency game. So if you keep making excuses not to train, then all those missed workouts will begin to add up. Instead, you need to recognise how you are feeling, and select a mode of exercise that fits the circumstance. This may be a brisk long walk, or it may be a little jog, or perhaps a Yoga session would be the tonic you need.
My third tip, is to, occasionally, ignore my second tip!
A key principle of fitness training is the principle of overload. So if you are continually reasoning with yourself that you feel tired and you are always selecting easy exercise sessions that are within your comfort zone... then you will not be adhering to the principle of overload... and you will not make much progress with your fitness training.
At least once a week, and preferably two or three times a week. Make sure you are pushing yourself and making yourself work hard. Of course it is best to try and perform these hard workouts when you are not feeling so tired and run down. So try and monitor your mood and energy levels to see if there is a trend as to when you tend to feel more energetic and when you tend to feel more tired and run down.
If you can manage to spot a trend in terms of times in the day or times in the week when you have more energy, it would make great sense to schedule in a workout with your personal trainer during these times. These are the times when you want to really push on with your training, and your personal trainer will be able to really motivate you to get the most out of yourself during these key training sessions.
I hope these tips help you on your fitness training journey. Of course, I am not a Mum. These are just some of the things that I have found some of my personal training clients that are Mums. So for all the Mums out there, do leave a comment with any other tips that have helped you achieve your fitness training goals.