Good morning Laura, I really enjoyed and resonate with your recent podcast on constraint. However, I find one thing holding me back as a parent is the logistics of establishing a morning routine involving exercise. It would be really helpful to me (and I’m sure others) if you could give an insight into how you manage your time with two children (i.e. how do you make the time in between getting your children ready for the day)? More information like this would help to implement the strategies.
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Thank you such a good question.
I just recorded April podcasts so will mention this in May.
In the meantime my routine is bed 8.30pm to read. Sleep 9pm. Wake 5am. I train before my kids wake up. I also take the opportunity for incidental exercise (walk kids to school. Walk to shops) and on days when I am working and sitting more I set my alarm every 1.5 hours to either stretch or do 5min of trampolining or similar.
But this is a routine that works for me now – with my kids a bit older, less time being woken up at night (only once a night these days!).
I think it’s important to be really kind to yourself. This goes for everyone – kids or no kids.
Some nights you dont sleep well for whatever reason- go with this and don’t do as much that day – that is ok. Do the essential things you have committed to, I like to make sure I do the ONE thing on the schedule that will get me a result (eg. record the podcast, write the article, go to the Pilates class) and the non-essential can go (the evening walk, a time consuming dinner or coffee date).
With exercise for me, after years of exercising for weight loss (which it never really achieved, I just pushed myself more and more into a state of stress), today it is about being kind to myself and moving my body how it feels right.
Be kind to yourself first and foremost my friend.