How to you manage exercise routines when you have children to take care of and tired at the end of the day?

Sofia I.
Although I don’t have have children myself, I think I would get up earlier, so that you can get in a refreshing run, or whatever suits you. That way you are already ready for what lies ahead, and you don’t have to worrying about incorporating it into your schedule during the day. As one of five kids, I know that it can’t be incredibly exhausting, but this might make things a little easier and make you feel ready and energized for what lies ahead. During these times, I know you expend a lot of your energy into keeping your children occupied as well.

Joris E.
I get up before them and exercise at home. I have never been a person who can exercise in the evening though, even before kids.

Julie T.
I would include them in on it!! Strap them in a stroller and go for a walk. Put them up on your legs and use them for weights lol they'll love it and probably want you to continue every day!! Kids are great motivators.

Ava O.
Hi there,
It's better to do a more serious workout at the start of the day and then a few short bursts of home workouts(just 10-15 minutes) right before going to bed.
It's scientifically proven to be more efficient and the short bursts of exercise right before bed gets you extra tired and you fall asleep right away.
Hope it helps.

Eiman N.
It is not easy at all, I especially if it was a long rough day. I think you need to just do it and not wait to be motivated (cause you won't be).
Also, have your clothes, mat, equipment (if needed), and workout video or plan ready. So, there is minimal thinking needed before starting.
Set an Alarm labeled work out for the days you want to work out.
Finally, as Mel Robbins says, when it's time to workout just count backwards from 5 to 1 and just do it.

Andrea X.
I don't have children, but always had a very busy schedule to deal with. In my experience I find that if you exercise first thing in the morning, before getting on with your day is the best way to stick to the routine. At the end of the day we are all tired, sad, happy, dealing with the day's emotions. I know children can be up quite early, but try to be up before them. It doesn't need to be an hour long exercise, you can start small and go from there. Depending on how old your children are, turn exercising into a play, have them "play" with you… Hope this has helped.

Hanife T.
I don't have children. I do get tired and have other things which can sometimes disrupt routine though. Important things I do in the morning when I can avoid disruption. Be flexible some days and change it up. You need to find times that work best for you. Find an accountability buddy to do it with. Change time, if you camt do an hour say you will do 10mins, you may keep going. If you miss a session it is not the end of the world, just switch things around to find what works.

Elena L.
I dont have kids but I do get tired. I try and just do what I can. Start with yoga on just a mat, dont feel like you have to accomplish a whole workout video. Just stretch, warm up a bit and get your blood and internal fluids flowing.

Mary N.
I know how hard it is to get exercise in at the end of the day when you’re tired. One way to get some exercise might be to take a walk with the kids after dinner. Though it may not seem rigorous this is a great way to start.

Also, if walking isn't what you’re looking for maybe start small. If you are home with the kids watching tv, find a way to get some yoga in or do sit ups or push ups. Kids are impressionable and this will be great for them.

Whatever you do, start small and give yourself credit for any action you take!

Nick N.
There will always be distractions in life that will come in the way. Sometimes it’s family, sometimes it’s work. For me, I do the miracle morning routine, so I wake up one hour earlier than everyone in the house and take time for myself. Try to do the same thing like going to bed at 10pm for a month, you body will automatically adjust to the schedule. You should not go to bed tired but when you are just slightly sleepy.

Other ideas would be to involve your kids in your workouts. An iPad always works to keep kids busy.