A huge number of us acknowledge the importance of exercise to our well-being, yet as mothers and spouses, we can never seem to find the time to take care of our physical fitness. In between the kids, work, chores and errands, commutes and responsibilities, it is not easy to find time for our personal health and wellbeing.

Being a mother and spouse can take its toll but it is quite possible to juggle everything that you have to do and still exercise on a regular basis. In fact, there are parents that have mastered the act by bringing balance into the family dynamics. Mothers often do a great job of taking care of their spouses and kids, but their needs often take a back seat. There is a lot of truth in the phrase happy mom, happy life. Therefore, here are some tips to help you juggle spousehood, motherhood and physical fitness:

Sometimes you have to say no

In the process of taking care of the family, most mothers forget how to say no. It can be hard; particularly where the kids and the spouse are concerned, but adding on to your plate will only leave you burned out. Additionally, it takes away any little chance that you might have had to take care of yourself. When you learn how to put yourself on your to-do list, you can start to focus on your health and fitness.

Make time for it

The simple and honest truth is that human beings make time for things that matter. As such, if your physical fitness is important to you, you will do everything in your power to find time for it. Daily obstacles are inevitable, but being flexible and open-minded will help to ensure that you are successful.

Be realistic and honest with yourself

Be honest with yourself about how much you can truly handle as well as your expectations for the process. For instance, if you have never worked out or have not done so in a while, you will not succeed by jumping straight into a brutal five day HIIT schedule. If you do, you will most likely exhaust yourself and cause a burnout.

Instead, start small with changes that work for your family and schedule. The road to change can start with something as simple as a 30-minute walk two to three days a week. You can then work on increasing your frequency and intensity as you move along and before you know it; your body will start to ask for more.