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Get­ting up early could be the key to avoid­ing dis­trac­tions to your train­ing, says Siob­han Byrne

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - FITNESS -

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.

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