If there is anyone who has any sort of valid excuse for not wanting to workout, it is a pregnant woman. But even with that said, as a pregnant woman in her third trimester, I try to motivate myself to workout as often as possible to avoid depression, excessive weight gain, and unnecessary fatigue.
But here’s the question: how do we motivate ourselves to workout (pregnant or not) when we feel exhausted, overworked, and overwhelmed as it is?
I have been grappling with this question myself since I was 8 weeks pregnant. The first and third trimester are THE most exhausting due to the baby developing major organs, fat stores, and brain cells. Yet paradoxically, working out past the fatigue has been what makes me feel more energized, happy, and motivated! 🙂
So, what do I do when my toddler is yelling at me demanding attention, dishes are piling up, dinner needs to be cooked, and I have neglected my workout for the day?
I take care of my babies and me.
Dishes can wait. Laundry ain’t going anywhere. And there’s always a quick dinner idea I can make. But my toddler won’t stay 2 years old forever, and this pregnancy will be over before I know it.
Separating what is urgent in our lives versus what is a priority is one of the biggest things we can do for our day and doing so can ensure we get our workout in.
What do I mean by this?
While things may pop up in our day that seem important or urgent, most often times they are not. Working out may not seem urgent or important, but is it a priority? It definitely should be.
So the next time you feel overwhelmed with a long to-do list and you wonder how to make time for a workout, remind yourself what your priorities are versus what can wait. If you really want to excel in this area, make the plan the night before of all the priorities you have for the following day. This will ensure you don’t get sidetracked and lose sight of your daily goals.
Scheduling a workout in may not seem urgent, but when we remind ourselves that our bodies are our vehicles in life, we are reminded that our health and wellness are surely are priority and should be taken seriously.
As always, thanks for reading!
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