The answer: EARLY.
Something I hear often that I think many moms struggle with is how to prioritize working out. Life gets crazy and just when you read this and think, “oh, I don’t have time”, think again!!.. because I don’t have time either. No one does. We all make time for what we want to do. We make sacrifices (even when we don’t realize it) for what is important to us. If you don’t already have a fitness routine, its never too late to jump on the bandwagon and start one! 🙂
I’ve tried working out at all different times of the day… I’ve tried early workouts, nap time workouts, night workouts and I can wholehearted say that mornings are where it’s at. There will always be days that there is a curveball thrown at me and I’ll fit a workout in whenever, in any time window I am given and I encourage you to do whatever works for you, but for me, it is almost always in the morning. I set my alarm, wake up, do it, and move on.
One of the most invigorating things for me is to wake up before anyone else, and work on ME. It doesn’t have to be long, as long doesn’t always mean effective. I also find that this is when my mind is clear / there are no distractions. A morning work out sets the tone for the day and puts me in a good mood so I am a better wife, mom, EVERYTHING! On occasions where I have tried to work out later on in the day or at night, I will find that my work out either won’t happen, or my mind is cluttered, worrying about things like what I’m making for dinner, what’s going on tomorrow, is Thomas okay?, etc. I also feel like once the work out is done, I can devote myself fully to what is going on the rest of the day. I hate thinking to myself, “oh, I still have to work out”. …it’s too much pressure! Once it’s done, you don’t have to think about it anymore! 🙂
With all this said, if you find a different time of the day is better for you, go for it! I am just sharing what works for me. There is a time and stage for everything so if longer workouts are not feasible for you at this time, don’t worry! Focus on movement – a simple walk. Walking is so therapeutic and relaxing!
While waking up early may seem like a daunting task at first, it will become part of your routine, just like anything you do such as brushing your teeth! It just takes some discipline.
Have a great weekend!