As a mother, you know it’s difficult to find the time to do everything you want to do. One area that many moms find challenging to manage with young kids is exercise. It can be hard to fit in focused workouts or sports when you have little ones to raise.
How can you make time for yourself when you have so much to do already? These 5 tips below can help you find time and ways to get your exercise in, no matter what:
If your children are still young enough to be in a stroller, one of the easiest ways for you to get some exercise in is to invest in a running stroller that allows you to get some movement in.
Go ahead and get some running shoes, strap the child (or children) into their stroller seat belts, and do some laps around your neighborhood. Whether it’s 15 minutes or 40 minutes, you’ll be getting some exercise in, which can help elevate your mood and great for your health.
Practice yoga at home
Another easy option for exercise at home is to start practicing yoga in your living room or workout area. With a mat for you and a blankie for your little, as well as a laptop or TV, you can sign up to one of the many online yoga class subscriptions and practice your breathing and stretching, without having to leave the comfort of your home or work out childcare, just so you can get some exercise in.
Yoga is fabulous for both your body and mind. Make it a fun experience for everyone, allowing your children to join in on the yoga fun.
Do strength training while the kids do homework
Who says you can’t jump around like a crazy person while the children do their homework? There’s no mama rulebook that says you shouldn’t. Pull out some kettlebells for kettlebell swings, do some jumping jacks and pushups, and incorporate squats into your routine and while you keep an eye on your kids getting their homework done, you get to move your body and tone it up.
Consider a babysitter for daily workouts
If your child is still young but you want to make sure to get enough exercise daily, you could always look for a part-time babysitter on a childcare website so that every weekday, you can have some personal time to go to the gym or out for a hike.
While it is an investment to hire a babysitter, when it comes to your health and fitness, it could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Alternatively, if you and your partner have schedules that allow for it, consider choosing times for both of you to get a workout in every day while the other one is watching the kids.
Workout whenever, wherever
Whether it’s jumping on the trampoline with the kids to get some movement in (it’s a lot better than you would think) or it’s doing some crunches on a mat while dinner is cooking in the oven, sometimes finding time to exercise will look like taking advantage of free moments.
For example, if you can only find time to run while the kids are napping in the stroller, and you add on some squats and pullups while at home for a full-body workout, you’ll soon see your efforts will start showing up in your body.
It’s certainly not easy to find time for your workouts as a busy mom, but it’s not impossible. Whether you get some hired help or partner up with your spouse to make it work, making time for exercise will be worth it!