Getting up early could be the key to avoiding distractions to your training, says Siobhan Byrne
HOPEFULLY everyone is starting to settle back into a routine after the summer holidays. For some this will be easier than others but, remember, structure and a little discipline can go a long way to making life easier. This week will see our final home workout before we move on to gym workouts over the next fortnight.
One of the biggest struggles as a busy parent is making the time to work out, especially with everyday concerns such as household chores, looking after the kids and going out to work. Whatever your situation, we can all make the same excuses.
The one thing I have learned is that sometimes we have to put ourselves first — our health truly is our wealth. As the saying goes, take time for fitness now or make time for sickness later. When I train and eat healthily, and am organised with both of these, I feel in control of every other aspect of my life. I feel energised and definitely am a better mam, wife and businesswoman as a result. I hope to show you that making a small effort for yourself in your own fitness and healthy eating can make such a massive difference to your overall life, health and wellbeing.
My first tip if you are working out at home is to rise early. Getting up and into your fitness routine 30 minutes before the rest of the household wakes up can avoid distractions. It means you can get 20 minutes of exercise in, and a healthy breakfast, before the competing demands of your family.
This way you are not procrastinating, and training is not hanging over your head for the entire day.
Rising early for training can also be helpful in keeping you on track with a healthy diet, as you’ll feel ready for a proper breakfast instead of grabbing a rushed, sweet treat. Try a nutritious egg for breakfast to help fill you after exercise — protein its great for making you feel full and satisfied. An egg dish is as quick to prepare as a slice of toast but is more nutritious. Don’t forget to add a small amount of healthy fats like avocado, and a small amount of carbs too to make it a balanced meal.