While mommyhood starts a new exciting chapter in your life, it also brings sleepless nights and exhausting days. If you are a parent, you know that finding time to shower or squeezing in time to nap is a luxury. You find yourself running around with not enough time to even finish your day to day chores.
It is common to see woman juggling the combined responsibilities of work and family. Amidst all the joys of parenthood, how to find the time to workout. Like any other item in your to-do list, staying fit should also be up there. Question is, how do you fit it in?
Like many of you, I have been through new mommy phase and found it way too hard to exercise even once or twice a week. So much time went by and I found myself getting out of shape, not having enough stamina for even smallest of the tasks. My weight also started showing on the scale. That was when I decided to do something about my fitness. I realized that if I don’t have time for workout, I had to make some. I had to make a few commitments to make sure that I was on the right track.
Here is what I finally decided to do and since then I have been happy with my fitness regime. I feel rejuvenated, more focused and find myself keeping up with my kiddos.
Here are 9 excellent workout tips for busy working moms.
1. Plan Your Workout Like Any Other Task
If you are a mom, I am sure your calendar is filled with appointments of tasks related to family and work. Why not schedule the time for workout too? Plan your workouts ahead of time like your other appointments and write them down on your calendar. You wouldn’t skip a meeting at your work or your child’s school, so make sure to treat your workout appointments with the same importance.
2. Exercise In Bursts Throughout The Day
According to 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, it is recommended that you exercise for an hour or so at a time, three to five days a week. But if you’re just getting back into your routine or you can’t spare that much time, you can divide your exercise program into several 10 or 15 minute segments scattered throughout your day.
3. Schedule Workouts In The Mornings
One of the best times to squeeze in your workout is in the morning, when your children are still sleeping. According to this article on Webmd, Research suggests in terms of performing a consistent exercise habit, individuals who exercise in the morning tend to do better,” says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer with the American Council on Exercise in San Diego.
4. Utilize Your Multitasking Skills
Since you are already busy running errands, how about exercising while doing so. Whenever you are at the checkout, waiting at the bus stand or at your kids’ school, shift your weight onto one leg. Pull your belly in and keep your back straight. Tighten the leg muscles and rise onto the ball of the foot. Hold for a few seconds and lower back down. Switch to the other leg. Repeat a few times.
5. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
Fitting in the strict exercise regime may not be possible in your daily busy routine. So, if you are not able to workout for an hour or so, don’t be too hard on yourself. Small amounts of exercise throughout the day can add up to significant results.
6. Workout At Convenient Location
Exercising at home is getting easier and easier. So many exercise, workout and yoga videos are available in the market nowadays. Workout options to do at home are endless – pilates, strength training, cardio kick boxing, in home walking, yoga and so much more! These fitness regimes don’t even require lot of equipment.
7. Involve Your Babies And Kids
Involving your babies and kids in your workout makes it lot of fun. There are many workouts, play groups including yoga for mothers and infants, that will allow for participation of both mother and child. Many gyms offer mommy and me classes where you get to meet and interact with other moms and their babies.
8. Plan Outdoor Activities With Family
Plan outdoor activities like hiking, bike riding, or playing sports with the entire family on the weekends and holidays. Many gyms offer swimming sessions with babies and mommies. Working out on the weekends also allows you to get in longer workouts. These are great because you don’t even realize that you are burning calories while having fun.
9. Include Your Baby While Jogging
Instead of simply walking or jogging, go for stroller fitness. There are many heavy duty jogging strollers that are available in the market at reasonable prices. This is one of the great options for busy working mothers. This is a great workout that allows you to spend quality time with your child while carrying out your exercise program.
Are there any workout tips that you think we can all use? Please share in the comment box below!