When you are balancing a career, children and time for yourself life can be a three ring circus. Throw in an attempt at maintaining physical fitness, and even an expert juggler is liable to start feeling like a clown.

I’ll be honest, I don’t fancy going to the gym but at the same time I know that it’s important for me stay in shape. Gyms can be intimidating and over crowded, the thought of being surrounded by sweaty people makes me cringe.

This year I have decided to cancel my gym membership and I’ve started working out at home. The beauty about working out at home is that it’s easy on the pocket, convenient and flexible. I also love that when my kids see me working out they also want join in on the fun. I think that it’s important for your kids to see you taking care of yourself. You’re a human being just like they are, and knowing that will not only make them more appreciative of you, but also more confident about making their own needs a priority when the day comes that they have multiple responsibilities.

One of my mantras for the new year is “Consistency is my Superpower”. I want to remain consistent in everything that I do. As much as it’s important to start working out, consistency is critical. To kick off the new year, I’ve come up with five fitness tips that should keep you motivated.

Identify your work out spot

I work out in my backyard right next to the pool, I find it extremely peaceful there especially in the early hours of the morning. The beauty about working out at home is that you can work out anywhere that suits you, whether it’s in your lounge or your bedroom, you just need to make sure that you have enough space to move around.

Determine your focus areas and set goals

What are your areas of concern? Identify them and set goals and timelines. My goal is to maintain my weight and tone up a bit. Whatever your goals are, write them down and make them public. Share them with your partner or children and keep them updated with your progress. When you share your progress and accomplishments, you’ll build a small group of cheerleaders, and you can tap into that satisfied feeling the next time you’re on the fence about working.

Invest in New Fitness Wear

When you look good, you feel good.  Spoil yourself a little by getting yourself sexy work out gear. I believe that simply wearing flattering work out gear can help motivate you to exercise. I love working out in a sports bra and tiny shorts. I understand that not everybody would be comfortable with that particular look, but remember you’re working out at home so do you Boo!

Find a routine that you enjoy

The best way to motivate yourself to work out at home is to find a routine that you truly enjoy. Thanks to technology, you have access to an endless number of at home exercise options. There’s a wide variety of fitness apps and websites that transform your phone into personal trainer, there are plenty of ways to get variety, motivation and guidance. With a little bit of research, you can easily find a fitness routine that will work for you. http://alexa-jean-fitness.myshopify.com is one of my personal favourites. She’s a mom of two, business woman and a wife,  so i find it easy to relate to her.

Figure out your time

Getting up and moving before the kids get up, doesn’t have to be painful, and helps ensure success. When my children go back to school later on this month, I plan on working out first thing in the morning, get them to school and start my working day by 8am. Figure out what will work for you and remember that planning ahead increases your chances of success.

” An empty lantern provides no light. Self care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” Unknown

Love B