As a busy parent with a full plate of responsibilities, finding time for fitness can feel like an impossible task.  Between work meetings, school pick ups, and endless household chores… the idea of squeezing in a workout can seem overwhelming.  In this post, we’re going to explore how setting realistic fitness goals and group classes can help you optimize your time and achieve lasting results.

Setting Realistic Fitness Goals

The first step to incorporating fitness into your busy schedule is setting realistic goals.  Instead of aiming for hours at the gym, focus on small [and achievable] milestones that fit seamlessly into your routine.  You could do classes a few days per week, add high-intensity workouts into your daily routine, or go even smaller wins than that.

If you remember that progress is progress, no matter how small, you can use that as a framework to set yourself up to build momentum.  For example:

Instead of setting this goal, “I want to get 3 workouts per week that are 60 minutes a piece.”  What if you set this goal, “I want to get 3 workouts per week that are 30 minutes a piece.”

There are many other examples and we’re here to help you figure these out when you need but remember:  setting realistic goals help you feel less overwhelmed and increase your chance at success.

My last tip to help you succeed with realistic goals?  Celebrate.  Celebrate each and every of your milestones along the way!  Acknowledge the work you are putting in is doing something positive for you!

The Power of Group CrossFit Classes

One of the biggest challenges for busy parents is to find time-efficient workouts that deliver results.  That’s where group CrossFit classes come in.

Unlike traditional gym workouts, which often involve figuring out what you’re doing as you aimlessly walk around the gym, CrossFit classes are structured, efficient, and designed to maximize your gym efficiency.

…gym-ficiency, if you will.

In a typical CrossFit class, you’ll participate in a variety of movements from lunges, squats, and kettlebell swings, to burpees, pullups, and biking (and everything in between).  These workouts are designed to challenge you and classes are just 55 to 60 minutes.  You’ll get a full body workout in a fraction of the time you would at a conventional gym.

But the benefits of group CrossFit classes extend beyond efficiency.  Working out alongside like-minded people will help keep you motivated, accountable, and give you a support system when you need it.

Making CrossFit Work For A Busy You

But how can you make CrossFit workouts work for your busy schedule?

Start by finding a gym that offers class times that align with your availability.  Many gyms offer early morning, lunchtime, and evening classes to accommodate a variety of schedules.  And if you don’t know, reach out and ask!

Once you’ve found a gym that fits your needs, commit to attending classes regularly, treating them as non-negotiable appointments in your calendar [much like meetings].

Additionally, consider enlisting the help of a coach or Personal Trainer to tailor your workouts to your specific goals and needs.  A knowledgeable coach can provide guidance on the things you need to achieve your goals.

And if all else fails, reprioritizing your calendar might be your key.  It won’t happen unless you prioritize it.If you want help coming up with a plan, head HERE and set up your consult with a health and fitness professional.  We are here to help you!

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