7 ways to get more exercise every day
Tom Williams shares his top tips
By Practical Parenting team
August 09 2018
TV star and dad of two, Tom Williams, shares how he squeezes exercise into his busy day, even with his two little girls, Storm and Sloane, keeping him on his toes!
1 Get the kids involved
We all know that it can be hard to find the time to get to the gym or attend an exercise class, so why not combine fitness activity with time with your kids? I love taking my kids with me to the beach for a swim or down to the park for a run around. Finding a fun activity makes you forget its work and it’s a great chance to get some bonding time in.
2 Use what you have around you
Gym equipment and gym memberships can be expensive so I like to find and use things around the house to help build muscle. If you have a child, you have a gym! Piggy-back push-ups are one exercise the kids can help out with to give you that extra challenge.
3 Set a routine
Everyone’s day is different, but I find it really helpful to stick to a set time in the day for exercise. Before the girls wake up I’ll head down the road for a few hill sprints. It is a great way to shred while not traveling too far. Try taking a half an hour for yourself each day to keep fit.
4 Stay motivated
Finding a reason to keep fit always helps me keep on track. In the last few months I have been working towards the City2Surf where I am running to raise awareness for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service. Getting behind a cause is a great way to stay motivated, especially while making your way up heartbreak hill!
5 Lunchtime runs
Using your lunch break to get some exercise in not only increases productivity but boosts your mood too! A few colleagues and I have been using our lunch time to run through the Sydney Botanical Gardens. It’s a great way to see the city and take in the beautiful scenery.
6 Get involved in your local community
I have loved the ocean for as long as I can remember and have been a member of my local Surf Life Saving Club since 1989. The club not only taught me the value of community service, but also making fitness and movement a part of my life. Once my girls are old enough, I hope they will also join me and get involved in keeping their local community safe while keeping fit.
7 Stay fit on the sidelines
Saturday sport isn’t just time for the kids to run around. While your little ones are throwing around the rugby ball or scoring goals on the netball court, why not take the time to do a quick workout on the side lines?