Being a fit mom not only benefits you, but it sets a great example for your kids, too! And, contrary to what you might think, you can find the time to fit in more exercise. Raising healthy, active children doesn’t mean that you can’t make the time commitment to workout yourself. There are plenty of workouts for busy women that will make you look good, feel good, and be an active parent, too!
Here are 10 Ideas for Moms to Make Time for Workouts:
1 – Include the Kids. Playing sports outside is a great opportunity for family bonding. Whether it’s chasing after your toddler or putting together a full-on soccer or football game with your teens, get your game face on!
2 – Count the Cleaning. Yes, cleaning the house does burn calories, especially tasks like vacuuming that require more exertion.
3 – Join a Family-Friendly Gym. Many communities have YMCA branches or rec centers that allow opportunities for all members of the family. If you have little ones, look for a gym with an on-location childcare that can watch your tykes while you get your workout routine on.
4 – Find a STROLLFIT Class. STROLLFIT, the most popular of Baby Boot Camp’s classes, allows moms of infants and toddlers to socialize and support each other while working out. To find a STROLLFIT class near you, visit www.babybootcamp.com.
5 – Wake Up Early. We groan at that, too, but the reality is that many fit moms get that way by getting some exercise in before the kiddos wake up. Try our Before You Shower Mini Morning Workout.
6 – Ditch the Car. Choosing to walk, jog, or bike ride to nearby locations will get your body moving and give you a chance to breathe some fresh air. Aim for 10,000 steps per day.
7 – Turn off the TV. On nights with decent weather, take a family or solo walk around the neighborhood instead. If you can’t stand the thought of missing your favorite show, DVR it and watch it after the kids are in bed.
Or, Couchercize. OK, that’s not really a word, but the general point is that if you’re going to keep the TV on, move while you’re in front of it. From squats to lunges, high knees, pushups and beyond, there are a multitude of moves that you can complete without missing your favorite shows. Have you tried our Couch Workout Challenge?
8 – Set a Goal. Want to drop a few sizes? Feel better? Get back into those skinny jeans? Then go for it! Setting a healthy goal – and accomplishing it – will do you tons of good, mentally and physically.
9 – Sign Up. For some people, the expectation of needing to attend a class is enough to get them there. If this is you, find a local class and make the commitment.
10 – Dance. Even as you move about your house, find extra opportunities to burn a few calories. Jump and jive with your preschoolers, do the twist with your tweens, or teach your teenagers to waltz.
Looking for mom workout ideas? Check out these 5 Quick and Easy Workout Moves for Beginners.
How do you find time to work out? We’d love to know. Leave us a message in the comment section below.