When You Feel Too Busy To Exercise But Want to Improve Your Stress Management
You plan to head to the gym or a yoga studio this year, but it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe you’ve even been once or twice, but it’s been hard to make exercising a part of your routine.
It’s not that you don’t want to exercise, it’s that everything else takes priority. Taking your kids to their activities and appointments, running errands, cleaning toilets, responding to your work email…literally, everything else takes priority. And it’s starting to make you more irritable that you don’t make time for yourself and your own goals.
You’ve had exercise routines before and remember how much it helped you manage your stress, lift your mood, and sleep more soundly. So how do you make exercise a habit now that you are a busy parent with professional responsibilities too?
3 of My Favorite YouTube Channels for Exercising at Home
I can relate as I’ve had a hard time making exercise a priority too, especially in the winter months. But for the past few months, I’ve found what works for me when it comes to exercise. And now, it has become a part of my daily routine instead of a dreaded to do item that I never get to. To help my exercise habit be consistent and interesting, I’ve found some great youtube videos to help me workout from home especially when it gets too cold to bike outside.
If you need some ideas on ways to exercise from home, check out my favorite go-to youtube channels:
- Shane’s Spin Class: If you have a stationary bike and like to look at nature more than listening to a personal trainer, then this video series is for you. Videos are 15 to 60-minutes long. You will ride through Australia parks and trails, listening to music, and viewing prompts to increase your speed at different intervals throughout the ride. It’s not the same as cycling outside but it’s a nice alternative in the winter months.
- Body Fit by Amy: Fitness videos are from 10 to 45-minutes long using hand-held weights or your own bodyweight. Videos can be found for a variety of fitness levels from beginner to advanced. There are 100’s of videos to choose from so you won’t get bored doing the same old routine.
- Yoga with Adrienne: While nothing is like doing yoga in a studio with lights dim and candles lit, doing yoga from home instead of juggling another class schedule is an added bonus for managing stress. She has videos for all levels with a variety of lengths from 10 to 60-minutes. Adrienne is very encouraging and shares 100’s of videos to choose from including 30-day practices, yoga for sleep, yoga for anxiety, and much more.
You may decide that one of these channels is a great fit for you too, or you may decide a gym membership is the way to go. Either way, it all comes together when you look less at what gets in the way of exercising, and more at the reasons you want to exercise. And then, making time for yourself as much as you do for your loved ones and your work. Soon you will remember that moving your body is not only good for your physical health but also your brain.
Share what youtube channels you like to use when exercising from home. Or what helps you value yourself and your health as much as you value others?
If you are a stressed out, burned out working mom and need some help creating space for taking care of yourself as much as you take care of others, schedule a free 15-minute phone session with Marci to decide if counseling will help you create joy and reduce stress.